A group of Black U.S. farmers asked a judge to let them participate in a suit brought by White farmers challenging a racial equity program in the distribution of federal stimulus aid.
Black farmers whose livelihoods are at stake should be allowed to offer their unique perspectives and challenge the White farmers directly in the suit against the Department of Agriculture, the
The Agriculture Department probably can’t articulate “historical discrimination against minority farmers,” given that the agency itself was for decades a source of that bias, the group, which has 20,000 members, said in the filing.
White farmers sued in April, alleging a plan to earmark billions of dollars in aid for minority owned farms and ranches under the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act discriminates against “Irish, Italians, Germans, Jews and eastern Europeans.” The case was filed by a new legal nonprofit organization led by
“Although plaintiffs purport to advocate for equal protection under the law, they are trying to eradicate the government’s effort to correct a longstanding history of discrimination against Black farmers and other farmers of color,” the group said in the filing.
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