Civil Rights & Social Justice

It remains unclear how much money will go to Black farmers.

The federal government hasn't kept its $5 billion American Rescue Plan promise, the suit says.

Not waiting for the Biden administration to defend the case or find another remedy, the group filed a motion to intervene. According to a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the group sees Section 1005 of the American Rescue Plan as a viable step toward addressing “ decades of well-documented discrimination at the hands of the USDA.”

The case exemplifies a microcosm of the reparations argument and how those in opposition often claim false equivalences, contributing to the systemic racism that Black people routinely face.

The legal challenge to historic aid for Black farmers ignores the previously established history of discrimination by the USDA and related agencies.

Five white farmers sued USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in his official capacity, alleging reverse discrimination for granting federal aid to Black farmers, in particular.

Former USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack's controversial firing of Shirley Sherrod in 2010 should preclude him from leading the agriculture agency under Joe Biden's administration, civil rights leaders and advocates say.


Many Black farmers remain skeptical of Tom Vilsack’s return as USDA secretary but applaud new targeted measures to address their long-ignored concerns.

States keep trying to ban the purchase of junk food with food stamps while ignoring the lack of access to inexpensive healthy food choices in low-income communities.

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WASHINGTON — Despite acknowledging a legacy of discrimination, the Department of Agriculture is still plagued by civil rights problems that have in the past led to unequal treatment of minorities seeking loans and other help, according to a government-commissioned report Wednesday.