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John W. Boyd Jr.

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Federal Judge's Decision Closes Black Farmers' Lawsuit, Leaves Some Disappointed

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 10:15 AM


A federal judge's recent ruling has finally settled outstanding issues in the black farmers' long-running lawsuit, nearly 30 years after I first started protesting discrimination by the United States Department of Agriculture, Congress and the Department of Justice U.S. District Court Judge...

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Affordable Health Care Is Right for America -- and a Worthy Tribute to Black History Month

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 8:08 AM

Fast-forwarding to the end of Barack Obama's presidency is becoming routine as eager political and media watchers jump the gun on how his two terms will be judged. Much of this future watching is discussion is focused on the Affordable Care Act. That revolutionary law, a.k.a. "Obamacare," is rightly considered...

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Farm Bill: Too Little Too Late: Congress Short Shrifts Poor Families and Small, Minority Farmers

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 8:28 PM

Hunger is almost sure to increase in many American households under the Farm Bill that finally passed the House of Representatives Wednesday (January 29).

It would be obscene not to mention food subsidy cuts first -- before addressing the other harsh and disturbing realities of this...

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President Obama and First Lady Spotlight Higher Education Improvements at White House Summit

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 4:15 PM

President Obama is far out in front of our stale, stubborn Congress on the issue of expanding college education to more under-represented Americans, just as on many progressive programs this administration struggles to promote.

Last week the President announced his proposals to improve the college education system, but once again...

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An Old Story: Justice Delayed for Native Americans

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2013 | 6:51 PM

Nearly half a million Native Americans will finally begin receiving payments in early 2014 from settlement of a longstanding federal discrimination lawsuit. This is the second round of payments, but still more eligible class members are identified remain to be contacted.

The lawsuit, known as Cobell v. Salazar,...

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Let Us Honor Mandela by Emulating His Humility and Humanity

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 8:09 AM


The world has lost a truly noble leader with the death of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela. His 1993 Nobel Peace Prize only touches the surface on how he will be remembered. Mandela's passing December 5 at the age of...

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Meet Bernie Pringle: Tribute to a Lifelong Farmer

(3) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 11:19 AM

When Bernie Pringle started farming at age 16, the United States was neck-deep in the Great Depression; Jim Crow had black America by the throat and the struggle to survive left little time to imagine the startling changes time would bring.

But Mr. Pringle, who was honored by the National...

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Farmers Get Settlement Checks after Rough Decades

(4) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 11:14 AM


After years of protests, numerous failed Congressional bills and dozens of lawsuits, black farmers began receiving payment for their grievances last week. Nearly three years ago President Obama signed the bill authorizing compensation for discrimination in farm lending at the hands of...

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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: A Farmer's Viewpoint

(2) Comments | Posted September 2, 2013 | 8:30 PM

So much has been said this week on the anniversary of the March on Washington, an event made historic by the attendance of 250,000 hopeful Americans and Martin Luther King Jr.'s poetic, immortal words that changed this country and the world.

Yet, I wondered along with President Obama,...

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The Zimmerman Jury Got It Wrong: New Case, Age-old Issue

(4) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 4:01 PM

I watched as much as I could of the George Zimmerman trial and was amazed at how both sides insisted it was not "about race." Any black man in America knows better than that.

Our prison system is running over with young black males who can attest that their race...

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Shame on The New York Times for Their Black Farmers and "Spigot" Story

(7) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 9:57 AM

Shame on The New York Times for the bias that was so evident in last week's front page story titled "Federal Spigot Flows as Farmers Claim Bias." It clearly implied that even meager restitution was underserved and we were unworthy plaintiffs, although we successfully proved racial discrimination in...

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A Farmer's Perspective on the Texas Fertilizer Explosion

(43) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 5:39 PM

The disastrous fertilizer plant explosion in Texas this week should be a wake-up call for Americans. With an estimated 15 dead and more than 160 reported injured, this incident shows just how dangerous a retail fertilizer facility can be. And the Texas tragedy was made even more stunning...

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Congress Needs Backbone to Act on Gun Control

(51) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 1:53 PM

April 4, 2013 -- On this day 45 years ago, a crazed gunman shot down one of the most prominent peacemakers this nation ever produced. Just over a century earlier, another mad triggerman took fatal aim at a president for his insistence on the universal right to freedom.

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A Farmer's Perspective on Guns and the Second Amendment

(2179) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 10:54 AM

Now is the Time to Act

Yesterday, President Obama put forth a set of executive actions and legislative proposals aimed at halting a continuing wave of gun violence that has bloodied communities in nearly every section of the United States.

The president responded boldly and swiftly, just one month...

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Native Americans Receive Settlement Funds This Week

(21) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 3:24 PM


This week, more than 400,000 Native Americans from numerous tribal groups will receive $1,000 checks -- just in time for Christmas. These court-ordered payments from the federal government will begin to settle a landmark $3.4 billion class action lawsuit.

The suit, Cobell v....

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African American Leaders Meet at the White House on the Fiscal Cliff

(3) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 8:50 AM

Along with other African American leaders, I recently attended a White House meeting on the fiscal cliff. We all have read something about the so called fiscal cliff or watched pundits spin the issue on 24-hour cable news.

Over the last few weeks Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner...

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President Obama "Wins Decisively": Will the House Work With the President?

(17) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 9:08 PM

Last night America spoke in a voice loud and clear by re-electing President Barack Obama for four more years. The message: It's a new day in America. After the country received news of his re-election, Republican rival Mitt Romney humbly conceded in the early morning hours. His defeat can be...

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Governor Romney Is Wrong on His Trade Statement

(3) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 6:07 PM

Most concerned Americans watched all three presidential debates; we all had different opinions about who won or lost. What was most striking to me was just how divided our country has become. For the first time in my memory almost everyone has a particular issue issue that is most important...

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Where Is Congress?!

(66) Comments | Posted September 22, 2012 | 5:08 PM

Our Representatives left Washington without passing a Farm Bill, leaving one of the nation's most vital enterprises high and dry -- in more ways than one.

Every five years, Congress passes a massive bundle of legislation commonly called the "Farm
Bill," that sets national policy on agriculture, nutrition, conservation...

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Worst Drought Since the Dust Bowl

(4) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 9:11 AM

"July 15: 102 degrees. Corn and everything is mostly discussed . . . It is really too hot, dry, discouraging and devilish to do anything. . ."

"July 21: I have seen a good many bad years in this country . . . but I never saw any worse than...

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