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Education Tuesday

While the judicial system in this country is agonizingly slow, it may truly be the one hope we all have to save the Republic.

Yesterday a federal judge in Tennessee has ruled in favor of a Tennessee farmer, granting an injunction against the U.S. Department of Agriculture in its effort to grant federal loan forgiveness to only “non-whites.”

The Southeastern Legal Foundation and the Mountain States Legal Foundation joined to represent farmer Robert Holman as he challenged a provision in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that allows for automatic loan forgiveness up to 120% of the federal loan for farmers or ranchers who are “socially disadvantaged,” which is defined as “Black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic, or Asian, or Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.” That’s right, not only forgive the loan, but throw in 20% cash on top.

Think about that for a second – if you are a successful farmer, with a good business and getting along just fine, you can get any of your federal debts forgiven – as long as you aren’t white.

A recent decision in Wisconsin also noted that this was (obviously) unconstitutional but the judge only granted a temporary restraining order against the USDA. In the Tennessee case an actual injunction stops anything from happening until the case is resolved. The Biden administration of course will appeal as they continue to be racists in how they want money given out.

“The Biden administration uses equity as a license to punish Americans – here farmers – because of their skin color,” Southeastern Legal Foundation General Counsel Kimberly Hermann said. “The Court’s order sends a clear message to President Biden that racially exclusive programs, whether on a farm or in a school, are unconstitutional.”

Clearly they are. And I understand the desire to make sure the money is distributed “equitably.” Without question the money, whose primary purpose is to help farmers whose business have been damaged by the pandemic, get the help they need to continue producing goods – and that should be regardless of their ethnicity.

And that should be accomplished by analyzing the needs of those farmers. Simple questions – have their revenues decreased from 2019? Have their employees and contractors been unable to provide goods and services to them? Have their input costs increased substantially? Their race? Doesn’t matter one bit.

This data is very easily submitted in an application (and analyzed for fraud and audited later if necessary). It’s exactly what restaurants and hotels had to submit to get the forgivable paycheck protection loans that Trump signed into law in 2020.

The pandemic didn’t discriminate when it hurt farmers and ranchers last year, and the government shouldn’t discriminate now. Racial segregation was wrong before, it’s wrong now, and will be wrong forever. It really comes down to something that in my mind is so completely obvious that I’m not sure a Democratic politician will ever be able to grasp the concept:

The way to stop discriminating on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.

Author’s note: portions of this article were taken from a case summary of Holman V. United States Department of Agriculture.

2 thoughts on “Education Tuesday”

  1. Money to help farmers is a necessity unfortunately. It is very hard to make a living or even continue your farm when your work is dependent on things that are completely out of your control. Yet the idea of handing out said money on the basis of ethnicity is completely asinine and frankly disturbing. Discrimination on the basis of race is strictly prohibited by the 14th Amendment. This provision essentially states that if you are white, you do not qualify for aid from the federal government. I’m not discounting the fact that these farms owned by African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, etc. might be facing hardships but there are plenty of farms run by white people that are also facing hardships and they should not be ignored. Overall while it is a victory for the farmers who brought the lawsuit, the ultimate victory was for the US Justice System and the US Constitution.

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