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President Joe Biden just signed the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package — no he didn’t take questions for the 50th day — which includes billions of dollars in debt relief for black farmers.
No, not just “farmers.” Just those with the correct skin color, duh.
Of the $10.4 billion in the American Rescue Plan that will support agriculture, around half will go to “disadvantaged farmers” to provide debt relief as well as grants, training, education, and other forms of assistance to help them acquire more land.
Included in the $5 billion is a plan to pay 120% of black, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American farmers’ outstanding debts.
For those who find this situation messed up, it’s called “equity,” the left’s new favorite strategy. The word’s meaning has been used in various ways, so if you’re still confused, think of what “equality” means. “Equity” is the opposite of that.
Some struggling white farmers who will receive none of the $5 billion relief money are a bit bothered that their skin color has cost them so much money and put their farms in jeopardy.
Kelly Griggs, who runs her 1,800-acre farm with her husband in Humboldt, Tennessee, isn’t pumped that she must pay off a large mortgage debt to keep her land while other farmers have theirs paid off for them.
“Just because you’re a certain color you don’t have to pay back money? I don’t care if you’re purple, black, yellow, white, gray. If you borrow money, you have to pay it back,” she says.
Ahh, but in 2021, it does matter if you are white, black, yellow, or purple. In fact, in many colleges, political circles, and major corporations, it defines you.
“We can’t strike,” Griggs adds. “We can’t stop. That’s the part that really sucks. These people in Washington who make decisions for us and our livelihood have probably never stepped foot on a real farm.”
Of course not. People in Washington don’t step in most places they ruin. Ask all the small businesses they crushed this past year.
“I think it should be distributed to everyone,” another farmer, Benji Anderson, said. “Because one thing we all have in common, it doesn’t matter about color or race or whatever, we’re all farmers, all working together to feed the United States.”
Few people are common these days, Benji.
Race has increasingly become the first and only characteristic politicians, executives, journalists, and Twitter users see in others. It’s awful. It’s divisive. It’s sending our country backward, but it’s the path that we are on. Few can deny it. Many have even admitted it.
By the way, I’m happy for the farmers who are getting help. They deserve it. As for the white farmers getting none, best of luck.