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February 15th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Black farmers to rally in Washington

African-Americans farmers plan to rally in Washington today.
They're demanding more than a billion dollars in settlement from a discrimination lawsuit.
The farmers say the federal government denied them loans and subsidies because of the color of their skin.
The president of the National Black Farmers Association, John Boyd, spoke with Fredricka Whitfield about the case.

Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
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  1. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    If this is racial then it needs to be fixed our country will not ever unite unless we all join together as one nation but moneys cannot be handed out to unqualified farmers who dont know the present day methods of farming if the farmer is up to date then they should recieve the funds and if not they shouldnt but suing the government for that much money will do our country harm .

    February 15, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  2. CHAD

    found it . thanks for this report. great story. Are the unskilled farmers uneducated because no money wasever loaned to them? At the least everyone should have access to a good education right ?

    February 15, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  3. Theron

    I think the farmers should get their loans and subsidies. It's a shame that as soon as some see black farmers, they instantly label them unqualified, unskilled, uneducated or they say they don't know the present day methods. There is just too much ignorance out there.

    February 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  4. Mary

    The farmers should be paid as soon as possible. Since this case has reopened, go ahead and pay the farmers and this will end this long suffering at last. Give the farmers the money that the banks are giving back. Please give the farmers their bailout money and close this chapter RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!! It is so sad how we can bring trouble on ourselves by not being fair. Do right by everyone and there will be no problems. If the USDA had treated everyone fairly, we would not have had these problems. So blame the USDA. They created this problem. You choose the behavior, you choose the consequences.

    February 20, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  5. Mary

    please notify me of all updates also

    February 20, 2010 at 4:41 pm |