Monday, January 27, 1997 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | PREVIOUS: Cuba, the UN and US Foreign Policy

Discrimination Against Black and Latino Farmers

download:   Audio Get CD/DVD More Formats
This is viewer supported news

The number of black farmers in the United States has been declining at a rate three times that of white farmers. Many black farmers, as well as native American and Latino farmers, are pointing the finger at the US Department of Agriculture, who they say discriminates against minority farmers, especially in the crucial area of loans.

Recent protests by farmers have sparked a flurry of activity at the US Department of Agriculture. Secretary Dan Glickman has instituted a series of listening meetings with black farmers nationwide, temporarily blocked all foreclosures and created a special civil rights task force to investigate claims of discrimination.


JOHN BOYD, a poultry farmer from southern Virginia and the president of the Black Farmer’s Association. The association led hundreds of farmers in a demonstration outside the White House this past December.

CALVIN KING, the director of the Arkansas Land and Development Fund, a non-profit group that was established in response to black land loss. Calvin King just returned from a weekend meeting with the director of the USDA’s civil rights action team that is examining charges of discrimination.

Recent Shows More

Full News Hour


    Earth Day Special: "Fierce Green Fire" Documentary Explores Environmental Movement’s Global Rise
    In an Earth Day special, we look at the history of the global environmental movement as told in the sweeping new documentary, "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet." We air extended highlights from the film — from New York housewives who take on a major chemical company that polluted their community of Love Canal to Greenpeace’s campaigns to save whales, to the fight by Chico Mendes and Brazilian rubber tappers to save the Amazon rainforest. We also speak to the film’s Oscar-nominated director, Mark...

Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.