Black farmers rally for justice - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Black farmers rally for justice

By Scott Hunter

November 15, 2003

Albany--Nearly 4 years after the USDA settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit with America's black farmers, some south Georgia farmers say the government continues to discriminate against them. They say the government isn't giving them loans their entitled too.

The men and women who gathered at the Albany Civic Center Saturday are apart of a dying breed of black farmers. They say not only do they deal with the issues of farm life but also discrimination by agencies set up to help them.

"USDA has the records and the documentation to show by 1982 they themselves had forced most black farmers out of business. Either by dening them loans or giving them loans at a late time," says organizer Willena White. And in farming, time is money. Many farmers, who were denied loans, either lost their crops or were forced to sell their farms.

"Everybody has the same story because everyone have been denied in getting money says farmer,George Perry. "They will not even give you the opportunity to try to farm because you are black. It is wrong and it needs to be stopped," echoed farmer Joseph Wimberly. And to stop it organizer say those who are affected have to be informed something they say the government has not tried to do.

There are about 15,000 active black farmers across the US. At the event black farmers filled out questionnaires that will be put in a national database. And they may be apart a new class action lawsuit to right past wrongs and help to save their way of life.

posted at 4:50PM by scott.hunter@walb.com

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • The Latest: Irma weakens into a tropical depression

    The Latest: Irma weakens into a tropical depression

    Monday, September 11 2017 3:27 AM EDT2017-09-11 07:27:29 GMT
    Tuesday, September 12 2017 2:42 AM EDT2017-09-12 06:42:09 GMT
    Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm as the massive hurricane zeroed in on the Tampa Bay region early Monday after hammering much of Florida with roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages.More >>
    Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm as the massive hurricane zeroed in on the Tampa Bay region early Monday after hammering much of Florida with roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages.More >>
  • Where to celebrate Museum Day Live! in SWGA

    Where to celebrate Museum Day Live! in SWGA

    Thursday, September 21 2017 10:47 AM EDT2017-09-21 14:47:21 GMT
    The Thronateeska Heritage Center is one of four locations in SWGA participating (Source: WALB)The Thronateeska Heritage Center is one of four locations in SWGA participating (Source: WALB)

    This weekend, families across the nation have an opportunity to visit some of their favorite museums free - with a Museum Day Live! ticket. 

    More >>

    This weekend, families across the nation have an opportunity to visit some of their favorite museums free - with a Museum Day Live! ticket. 

    More >>
  • Input needed to revitalize Tifton's Matt Wilson area

    Input needed to revitalize Tifton's Matt Wilson area

    Thursday, September 21 2017 10:15 AM EDT2017-09-21 14:15:16 GMT
    Community leaders want to make some improvements to this area known as New Front (Source: WALB)Community leaders want to make some improvements to this area known as New Front (Source: WALB)

    After a successful revitalization of downtown Tifton, community leaders say they're ready to take on a new project. They're now going to focus on the Phillipsburg and Unionville neighborhood near Matt Wilson Elementary School.

    More >>

    After a successful revitalization of downtown Tifton, community leaders say they're ready to take on a new project. They're now going to focus on the Phillipsburg and Unionville neighborhood near Matt Wilson Elementary School.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly