Tilling the soil, planting seeds, keeping out pests – FINALLY, harvest!
What’s the reward? Where’s the fame and glory? Fortune? Seems like backbreaking work to me. YET the reality - no farmer, no food. But the farmer, particularly the black farmer, is face with the reality of bad field, mounting debt, legal “theft”, no market, no exposure, no support, no farm. We all pay a price, if the farmer fails.
Despite the U.S. Supreme Court decision which ruled in favor of a group of black farmers, they have yet to receive their due. Even as Barack Obama finally authorized the dispensation, some members of Congress, have been successful in blocking it.
It goes without saying, the black farmer, from the time he worked for free (as a slave), has fought a long, hard struggle, to maintain one of the most precious commodities one can have; arable land.
Moving away from defeatist rhetoric and intoxicating misery, we must see what we can do right now, to help our struggling, black farmers, for in the process, we help ourselves.
My guest on Critical Discourse, will be Gary Grant, the CEO of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, out of Tillery, North Carolina, where we will engage in a frank discussion on the history of black farms and black farmers, their obstacles and blessings, and how we can begin or accelerate the process of providing real and lasting support, through organizations, such as his, so not only can they thrive and proper, but can be effective agents as we move away from our present course, of bodily and economic malnutrition.
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