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WRAL: Black US farmers awaiting billions in promised debt relief

The US government wants to make amends by providing billions of dollars in debt forgiveness for farmers of color as part of the pandemic relief package. But a judge has put the money on hold in the face of lawsuits filed by white farmers claiming that the program is unfair — reverse discrimination.

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The Community of Brown Grove vs. Wegmans

Washington Post • AUGUST 4, 2021

Why African American residents-turned-activists are trying to block a supermarket chain from building a warehouse in rural Virginia

Article:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2021/08/04/why-are-african-american-residents-this-small-town-determined-block-wegmans-warehouse/

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Black Farmers’ Reparations

Black Farmers In Search of Justice  

The agriculture industry in the United States reflects some of the most devastating truths about this country’s history: slavery. From slavery and countless acts of racial injustices, many African Americans continue to face intergenerational trauma, discrimination, and racism. Amongst the many hidden instances of racial injustices, the exclusion and racism that Black farmers face is possibly the most unnoticed and unheard of. The silenced minority of America’s Black farmers have rich histories that have yet to be shared – this film reveals the truth of the racism in the U.S. agricultural sector, but also the realities of people who have been denied their dream to farm and to provide. 

The vulnerable stories that are shared throughout the film depict the raw realities of being a Black farmer – overwhelming debt, opportunities denied at the federal level, and generations of families receiving trauma for fighting to keep the land that provided a livelihood for them. Through the interviews, the audience will be able to recognize the fundamental wrongdoings done against those who have been discriminated against for the color of their skin. The film gives one the privilege to be a “faithful witness” to the deep struggle that persists in the modern-day. 

To select a showing visit, Denton Black Film Festival.

Photo: Courtesy of Black Farmers Reparations In Search of Justice, About us

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Chicago SunTimes: Evanston reparations leader: It’s time to do something about the line dividing Black, white lives

Ald. Robin Rue Simmons says her grandparents drew that line for her, telling her where not to go. This effort’s housing grants are a ‘first step — not perfect, not complete’ to erase that.

Article:
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2021/4/2/22363316/evanston-reparations-robin-rue-simmons

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CNN: Evanston, Illinois, approves the country’s first reparations program for Black residents

By Skylar Mitchell and Suzanne Malveaux, CNN

Wed March 24, 2021

(CNN) Officials in the Chicago suburb of Evanston voted Monday to release the first batch of funds in a program offering reparations to Black residents whose families have felt the effects of decades of discriminatory housing practices.

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https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/22/us/reparations-evanston-hr-40-legislation-whats-next/index.html