White farmers cry racism. Sue feds over BIPOC farmer provision in the COVID-19 bill

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Months after the Biden Administration passes a historic measure in the COVID-19 bill aiding Black, indigenous and farmers of color due to years of discrimination, two white farm groups say that the bill is racist.

Farmers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Ohio say that the debt relief blocks them because they are white, even though Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack reported that only 0.1% of COVID-19 relief went to Black farmers. The larger implications is the fight over land, who controls it, and ultimately, who controls the flow of food. Our contributors for this Weekly Check In are Dame Crawford and Sherice Janaye Nelson.

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