‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR MARCH 3, 2023: Black Farmers Protest Outside White House, Demand Firing of Ag Secretary Vilsack and Call Biden ‘Jim Crow Joe’ 

We spend the hour hearing from Black farmers and their advocates who traveled to DC on March 1 from 15 states to rally in front of the White House and demand that President Biden fire Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack for continuing more than a century of state-sponsored race discrimination, land theft, and economic deprivation of Black farmers.

The protest was also commemorating a March 2, 1999 fairness hearing when hundreds of Black farmers also descended on D.C. to protest the forced consent decree issued in Pigford v. Glickman, the landmark Black farmer discrimination case that was implemented so poorly that Black farmers lost 1.5 million acres of land as thousands were forced into foreclosure and lost everything they owned. According to the investigative report, How the Government Helped White Americans Steal Black Farmland, Nathan Rosenberg conservatively estimates that the theft of Black farmers land and generative income amounts to $326 billiion today.

With: Tracy Lloyd McCurty, Eddie Slaughter, Timothy Pigford, Karla Bates and more.

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