obama the racist
rock hill

Medina, OH

#1 Oct 12, 2012
Obama gave black farmers 1.2 billion in
taxpayer money for years of discrimination. Really only blacks have been discriminated against.

Medina, OH

#2 Oct 12, 2012
Was anyone ever thinking otherwise after seeing his racist spiritual leader.1526

United States

#3 Oct 13, 2012
Why just farmrs? Waz theys the only onz discriminaed aganst.!

Ashland, KY

#4 Oct 13, 2012
February, 2010

Black farmers – possibly over 70,000 of them – will get cash payments and debt relief from the federal government totaling $1.25 billion, in reparation for alleged racial discrimination suffered under the Department of Agriculture’s loan programs, the Obama Administration has agreed.

The president announced the deal on Thursday, applauding Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Attorney General Eric Holder for “bringing these long-ignored claims of African American farmers to a rightful conclusion.”

Ashland, KY

#5 Oct 13, 2012
Remember - descendants of slaves vote - that's why it happens - pure politicking!
Farm Boy

Ashland, KY

#6 Oct 13, 2012
Repaying the favor of getting him elected.

Since: Sep 08

Neon City Oh.

#7 Oct 13, 2012
rock hill wrote:
Obama gave black farmers 1.2 billion in
taxpayer money for years of discrimination. Really only blacks have been discriminated against.
Did you get lost on your way to stormfront?
county employee

United States

#8 Oct 13, 2012
I would say more Hispanic farmers got discriminated against then anyone so were is their
piece of the pie?

Flatwoods, KY

#9 Oct 13, 2012
I never seen a blackfarmer. I figured the only thing they would have a clue how to grow would be pot.
Green Beans

Ashland, KY

#10 Oct 13, 2012
On December 8, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Claims Resolution Act of 2010, which provided $1.15 billion (additional to the $100 million already provided in the 2008 Farm Bill) to fund the February 18, 2010 Settlement Agreement. The Claims Resolution Act of 2010 also prescribed several new terms for incorporation into the Settlement Agreement.
Fried Green Tomatoes

Ashland, KY

#11 Oct 13, 2012
In 1999, a lawsuit called Pigford v. Glickman (“Pigford”) was settled. The lawsuit involved claims by African American farmers that the USDA had discriminated against them between 1981 and 1996 based on race, wrongfully denying them farm loans, loan servicing, and other benefits, or giving them loans with unfair terms.

Ashland, KY

#12 Oct 13, 2012
December, 2010

A head lawyer for black farmers said it's likely they won't see money from their discrimination settlement until at least 2012.

"There will be a deadline for claims, but it has not yet been set," said Andrew Marks, a lead counsel for the farmers. "It's highly unlikely that anyone will get any money until some time in 2012."

President Barack Obama recently signed the $1.2 billion settlement into law, ending 20 years of legal back and forth and political fighting over the money for farmers who were discriminated against by the federal government when it came to loans and subsidies.

Farmers will receive an average of about $50,000, and some may qualify for up to $250,000 if they can prove economic damage up to that amount. John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, has repeatedly said that each farmer will have to go through a meidation process and that this was not a blanket settlement.

The process is based on concerns by some members of Congress about possible fraud. Rep. Michelle Bachman said the settlement was "rife with fraud." But there are several layers of approval that farmers will have to go through to claim a settlement. After meeting with a mediator, the settlement will have to be approved by the court and also be reviewed by government auditors.

The length of the process is one reason Boyd said he is speaking with the U.S. Department of Agriculture about funding outreach to farmers so that a repeat of what happened during the first settlement doesn't occur.

After black farmers successfully sued the government for discrimination in 1999 in the Pigford v. Glickman case, the federal government paid out $980 million to more than 16,000 farmers. Many eligible farmers were left out of the settlement or were not given enough time to file a claim. In 2007, then–Sen. Barack Obama introduced a bill to reopen the case, and the $1.2 billion settlement was agreed upon.

"My goal is to not leave anyone out. Now is the time for the farmers to reach out and say:'This is what happened to me and I can tell my story," Boyd told BlackVoices in an interview last week. About 30,000 farmers have filed to be a part of the class.

Boyd said the settlement was bittersweet because so many farmers had died or lost their property while waiting for the claim.
Farmers Market

Ashland, KY

#13 Oct 13, 2012
October 2011

President Barack Obama called a judge's approval of a $1.2 billion government settlement with black farmers who for decades had been denied loans and assistance from the Agriculture Department, a step forward in "addressing an unfortunate chapter in USDA's civil rights history."

This is the second round of settlements in a case filed in 1997, which alleged that thousands of black farmers had been discriminated against between 1983 and 1997. This round is directed at farmers who were not awarded payment because of missed filing deadlines. The judge said payments would likely be dispersed in a year or so, after neutral parties reviewed the individual claims.

"This agreement will provide overdue relief and justice to African American farmers, and bring us closer to the ideals of freedom and equality that this country was founded on," Obama said in a statement.

"So many farmers had given up hope that this would ever come to pass," said John Boyd, the head of the National Black Farmers Association, according to CNN. "It's gonna take about a year to run all the farmers through the system. Each case will have to be looked at in a forum that's also looked at by the court. Once the cases are checked, then the farmers start to get their money."

And during a briefing this afternoon, Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters that the settlement helps "African-American farmers to focus on the future and brings us one step closer to giving these farmers a chance to have their claims heard."

Blacks now make up about 1 percent of the nation's farmers and ranchers, according to the USDA. In 1920, blacks made up roughly 14 percent of the nation's farmers.

The federal government has acknowledged historic racial bias and in 1999 settled a class-action lawsuit that alleged discrimination in government loans.

Earlier this year, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) called the settlement a waste of federal money. King likened the settlement to "modern-day reparations" and said that much of the settlement "was just paid out in fraudulent claims." King went on to criticize the Obama administration's plan to resolve separate lawsuits filed by Hispanic and female farmers.

"That's another at least $1.3 billion," King said during a news conference after the pair toured flooded area in Iowa near the Missouri River. "I'd like to apply that money to the people that are under water right now."

Bachmann seconded King's criticism, chiming in that, "When money is diverted to inefficient projects, like the Pigford project, where there seems to be proof-positive of fraud, we can't afford $2 billion in potentially fraudulent claims when that money can be used to benefit the people along the Mississippi River and the Missouri River."

The Huffington Post
Old McDonald

Ashland, KY

#14 Oct 13, 2012
About 72,000 more black farmers, who missed the lawsuit's filing deadline, were allowed to establish separate proceedings in 2008, collectively known as Pigford II. These late-filing applicants, whose $1.25 billion settlement President Obama signed into law last December, have been called into question. Although each claimant must first undergo an adjudication process, requiring substantial evidence of discrimination in order to receive payment, they've been called outright frauds.

A common misgiving in the conservative blogosphere is a discrepancy between the number of Pigford claimants and black farmers counted by the Census of Agriculture. While there have been more than 94,000 claimants (the combined number of applicants from both the original Pigford suit and Pigford II), the census never counted more than 33,250 black farmers in a single year between 1983 and 2007.

Twin Lakes, WI

#15 Oct 13, 2012
Never believed hee would be a race war but with junk like this happening, I wouldn't be surprised.

United States

#16 Oct 14, 2012
Obama has done nothing but divide the races and classes.

Lancaster, OH

#17 Oct 14, 2012
oh, i see, so paying up for a court case that was settled by the supreme court over years earlier is now his fault. not the other adminstrations kicking the can down the road. that money was lost in court in 99. i can see how it's obama's fault that bush never paid up.

United States

#18 Oct 14, 2012
Obama let additional people apply and additional
1billion to the settlement.

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