In 1920, blacks owned 14% of the nation's farms; by 1992, the proportion was down to 1%. In the next agricultural census, it will likely be a mere fraction of a percent, and black farmers will be deemed statistically irrelevant. They have been done in by the same economic hardships and urban migrations that have imperiled all small family farms, plus one other thing: racism. The USDA admits as much, in various reports over the past two decades and in recent individual rulings.
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