Why aren’t there more black farmers in the United States? | The Stream

Al Jazeera English

Scheduled for Feb 18, 2020

A hundred years ago, 15 percent of farmers in the United States were black. Today, that number has shrunk to less than two percent.

The decline is due largely to racism, financial discrimination and violence – a combination of obstacles that started with slavery and continues to dog business owners today.

By one measure, the loss of millions of acres of farmland since 1920 has translated into more than $120 billion in denied opportunities for black farmers and their heirs.

Despite the challenges, many young African Americans are starting to return to farming. Some are eager to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors or to support healthier, sustainable living. But the success of their endeavors still depends on many factors outside of their control.

In this episode we ask, why aren’t there more black farmers in the United States? Join the conversation.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s