Former Democrat turned third-party advocate, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., has made a significant campaign promise to provide $5 billion in reparations to black farmers if he wins the presidential election in 2024. Kennedy announced his commitment during a recent episode of his podcast, where he was joined by John Boyd Jr., founder of the National Black Farmers Association.

Boyd Jr. is leading an effort to sue the Biden regime for diluting a proposed debt relief program aimed at supporting people of color and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers in the agriculture industry. Sadly, due to extensive legal battles instigated by white farmers who claim the debt relief violates their constitutional rights, the intended relief package was unable to reach the deserving farmers.

Kennedy rallied his support for black farmers by promising to rectify the situation should he become the President. In his conversation with Boyd Jr., he emphasized the importance of the $5 billion as rightful reparations that were originally owed to black farmers but were unjustly denied throughout history due to discrimination.

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In addition to the reparations promise, Kennedy has introduced several programs to advocate for reparations, aiming to distinguish himself from the Biden regime on this issue. On his campaign website, Kennedy asserts his commitment to “ending USDA discrimination against black farmers and protecting current landowners from further land loss.”

The American Rescue Plan initially included a program that would have paid up to 120 percent of direct or guaranteed farm loan balances for black, American Indian, Hispanic, Asian American, or Pacific Islander farmers. However, due to objections from white farmers, the program was amended as part of The Inflation Reduction Act in August. The revised plan divided the funds into two categories.

One fund, amounting to $2 billion, will continue to support farmers who experienced discrimination, fulfilling the goals of the original proposition. The second fund, now worth $3 billion, will be allocated to the Agriculture Department to provide loan modifications or repayments for farmers facing financial challenges, without regard to race.

Black farmers who were affected by the modification of the original plan have filed a class-action lawsuit, alleging that the changes breach contracts. They are now demanding compensation for damages caused by the alteration.

John Boyd Jr., one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, expressed the significance of the issue, stating, “This fight is about the land, because we’ve lost so much of it.”

A spokesperson for the Agriculture Department, Marissa Perry, explained that the agency initially supported the original plan but faced obstacles in distributing funds to black farmers due to legal injunctions from disgruntled white farmers. Perry highlighted that the agency believed the litigation process could potentially last for years, leading to support for the revised plan.

Perry commended the leadership of Sens. Booker, Warnock, Stabenow, Manchin, and Schumer for crafting the Inflation Reduction Act that repealed the contested provisions and created the revised plan. She assured the public that the agency is working diligently to implement these new provisions.

The original program, which addressed long-standing inequities in farming, was regarded by civil rights groups as landmark legislation for black farmers since the Civil Rights Act. Approximately 17,000 farmers from communities of color are eligible to benefit from the assistance.

Farmers from minority backgrounds have persistently argued that they have been unfairly denied farm loans and government support. In 1999 and 2010, federal agriculture officials settled lawsuits from black farmers, accusing the agency of discrimination against them. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently acknowledged that disparities in the industry have worsened during the pandemic, with socially disadvantaged farmers facing higher rates of COVID-19 infection, hospitalizations, and economic hardships.

USDA data reveals a significant decline in the number of black farmers, which has dropped from one million a century ago to only 45,000 today.

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