There is no way to make up for decades of discrimination that crippled the proud history of black farm ownership in this country. But we can do our best to move forward.
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As part of my documentary about how the Pigford settlement designed to help black farmers was hijacked by trial lawyers and politicians, I interviewed controversial congressman Steve King.
Until Mrs. Sherrod plunged herself headfirst into the Pigford story by suing my film's funder, Andrew Brietbart, I wasn't clear on how central a figure she was.
A Georgia farmer has made a stunning allegation: he told Rep. Bishop about fraud in the Pigford settlement, and the congressman replied that an investigation into Pigford would "shut it down."
Pigford v. Glickman was supposed to help black farmers discriminated against by the USDA. Instead, it's diverted hundreds of millions of dollars to people who never farmed and diverted attention away from the plight of real farmers.
The story the press wants you to hear about Pigford is an overly simple one. But it's a very complex story, and not something that can be explained easily between two commercial breaks.
One of the worst things about the racist charge is that too often, it's a distraction. A sideshow. In constructing their hyped up news segments, the mainstream TV shows miss the actual story.
Rep. Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, referred to President Obama as "very, very urban," while charging that as a senator he gave special favor to ...
Democratic leadership slammed Republican opposition to legislation funding the multibillion-dollar settlement of a class-action suit by black farmers ...
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