Shirley Sherrod And Pigford v. Glickman

Friday : July 30, 2010  <>  Posted by Frank, 9:08 am e     <>  Print Version

Bet you thought reparations for slavery was a dead issue. Forgetaboutit… You’d be dead wrong. It’s alive and well but under a different name.

I’m sure you recall the wreck in Chicago a few years back where a bus overturned. The bus had a driver and eight passengers before it rolled over but by the time the police arrived there were more than thirty people inside the bus.

Over at PJM “Zombie” writes about Shirley Sherrod, her husband Charles and the Pigford v. Glickman case. Pigford v. Glickman is an active case in which the Sherrods are among 16,000 black farmers that have been compensated $1 billion while Bill Clinton was president and another $1.25 billion announced last Thursday. That’s $2.5 billion and counting of taxpayer money for alleged discrimination by the USDA for the period 1983 to 1997.

You would think the original $1 billion would have settled the case but it did not. I said it was and is an active case, so read on.

It’s interesting that the Obama administration appointed Shirley Sherrod to a high position in the USDA while she was a plaintiff in an active law suit against the USDA.

Two other interesting parts of the story: a) “there are only 39,697 African-American farmers … in the entire country” but b) “over 86,000 of them claim[ed] discrimination at the hands of the USDA.”

As I said, Pigford v. Glickman is an active case. That would be because of this:

In the 1999 case Pigford v. Glickman, the USDA agreed to pay 16,000 black farmers $1 billion after a judge held the federal government responsible for the decline in black farmers. Critics argued that more than 70,000 farmers were shut out of the lawsuit. In 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama and Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley got a law passed to reopen the case, and the settlement talks moved forward.

The $1.25 billion settlement, announced Thursday, comes on top of the money paid out a decade ago. The new agreement would provide cash payments and debt relief to farmers who applied too late to participate in the earlier settlement, The Washington Post reported. Authorities say they are not certain how many farmers might apply this time, but analysts say the number could be higher than 70,000.

Read the whole thing….

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