USDA Hikes Discrimination Awards for Hispanics

Judicial Watch, January 26, 2012

The U.S. government’s minority cash giveaway for “discriminated” farmers has reached a new level, with an improved process that makes it faster and easier for Hispanics to get awards much larger than previously announced.

The goal is to make amends to those who suffered discrimination when seeking farm loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the agency charged with doling out billions in reparation money. A few years ago black farmers got $1.25 billion to settle discrimination allegations and last summer the Obama Administration announced a new pot of “compensation” cash—$1.33 billion—for women and Hispanics.

Originally, under that plan, Hispanics who felt they were victims of USDA discrimination could get up to $50,000 to make up for their suffering. To get the word out the feds launched an impressive bilingual advertising and public relations campaign that includes national outreach tours by top USDA officials as well as Justice Department bigwigs because that agency is sort of overseeing it.

This month the USDA quietly increased the amount of money that each discriminated Hispanic farmer can collect by five times, to $250,000. The agency also announced an “updated claims process” that simplifies and speeds things up so the victims can get their government cash faster. {snip}

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Under Obama, the agency has served as a key tool to help minorities through a variety of costly programs, mainly the First Lady’s $4.5 billion effort to bring affordable healthy foods to inner cities nationwide. Under the plan, the USDA has dispersed huge sums of money to community groups that promise to make available affordable healthy foods in poor neighborhoods.

The agency has also allocated $8.8 million to train “underserved” Hispanic students to someday work for it. {snip}

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  • We all know how sensitive hispanics are to “discrimination,” especially when money is involved.
    Since the burden of proof seems to be subjective, who amongst this current government
    would dare deny a hispanic the right to their individual discrimination claims?
     
    Anyway,  shouldn’t you have to own a farm in order to be considered a “farmer?” Just how does that work anyway? In any event, the way this government throws money
    at hispanics, I have a hard time believing any hispanic could have been
    discriminated against! But then again, this has less to do with discrimination
    and more to do with wealth distribution,( that is to say our wealth) just before
    election time in order to garner the hispanic vote.

  • Anonymous

    Socialist redistribution schemes take many forms. This could be a parlor game: Spot the redistribution scheme.

    It’s worth digging out a dynamite AR article on the agriculture loan scam from a few years ago. Never knew there were so many putative black farmers.

  • Oil Can Harry

    Rumor has it that educator Tim Un-Wise has a new theory explaining why blacks and Latinos have been unable to make it as farmers: the soil is racist!    

  • Anonymous

    Are they going to be able to keep a straight face in the future when they try to do this again when there are about ten or twelve white people actually working for the federal government? Where will that “racism” come from?

  • The agency also announced an “updated claims process” that simplifies
    and speeds things up so the victims can get their government cash
    faster. {snip}

    Fan-freaking-tastic. My G.I. Bill payments are two months late, but hey, lets speed up the effing process of Jose and Maria’s B.S. discrimination claims. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU.