Black Farmers' Settlement Still Not A Done Deal

A $1.25 billion settlement between black farmers and the Agriculture Department is at risk of unraveling after Congress adjourned for a two-week break without approving the spending.

The settlement, to which the Obama administration agreed last month, has been hailed as the final chapter in a decades-long struggle by African-Americans who say they faced discrimination from local USDA offices in trying to get loans or other aid.

But it included a clause allowing plaintiffs to back out if money wasn't appropriated by March 31 -- a timeline that Congress missed when it left Friday.

While plaintiffs aren't saying they will break from the deal, a lead advocate says it's unclear whether the dozens of lawyers involved can stick together.


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  • by So what Location: nc on Mar 27, 2010 at 02:00 PM
    Why don't they just go ahead and give them the whole country and see how long that lasts.
  • by This Dog Smokes Location: Greenvile on Mar 27, 2010 at 10:28 AM
    I dont want to be racial or try to discriminate anyone or step on anyones toes on this subject, but this is wrong. People today are still trying to re-pay for what happened years ago. Tired of paying for it myself. No one here can tell me i am wrong on this and that the taxpayer wont be the ones who have to fork out for this $ 1.25 Billion.
  • by B Location: nc on Mar 27, 2010 at 06:16 AM
    This is getting old, folks like this is the reason our country is in such bad shape.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 27, 2010 at 12:52 AM
    where's my 40 acres and a mule ?
  • by tim Location: nc on Mar 26, 2010 at 07:34 PM
    They already settled this and aretrying to open it back up for those that missed the deadline for claims. They need to tell them sorry if you didn't get your claim in the first time the dead line is past.
  • by bertie county on Mar 26, 2010 at 07:25 PM
    this is so rediculous! hmmm... what can i try to sue for?
  • by S Location: ENC on Mar 26, 2010 at 06:43 PM
    I totally agree with "Disgusted"...I too am sick & tired of being discriminated against because my skin happens to be white...I can't get even half the government benefits that non-whites do,simply because of the color of my skin and I prefer to work for a living instead of sitting around having babies & being a parasite on society....Give me a break!! No wonder this country is in such bad shape....
  • by disgusted Location: Nc on Mar 26, 2010 at 06:00 PM
    I am so SICK of people whose skin is not that of a caucasion that think they R entitled to special rights! When Abe Lincoln abolished slavery he abolished salvery. It has now been turned around so that caucasions R slaves to the whining of ALL non caucasions! Down with SLAVERY !
  • by Sam Location: EasternNC on Mar 26, 2010 at 04:46 PM
    Then they can drive "new" F250 trucks.
  • by Ronnie Location: Murfreesboro on Mar 26, 2010 at 04:15 PM
    They already got 50,000 each a few years ago and they are back for more.
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