I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Eddie Slaughter, a proud Black farmer about the plight of Black farm owners in America. I don’t know how to describe my emotions after talking with him.
Every time I engage any Black farmer, I think about the last three decades and wonder why our government, and elected officials, including some members of the Congressional Black Caucus, have allowed this systemic and negative treatment of Black farmers to exist. Clearly, I don’t know EVERYTHING, but based on what I do know, I’ve asked myself: “Does politics, money, and land, outweigh human suffering and block the building of generational wealth for Black farmers?” As much as I don’t want this to be true, the evidence suggests that I might not be wrong.
Slaughter, who comes from a long line of Black farm owners and was determined to not let discriminatory lending practices make him the last.
Watch the video below for a great summary of this systemic issue.
To learn more about the plight of the Black farmers via the “Acres of Ancestry” video series click here.