Farming While Black
In 1920, 14 percent of all land-owning US farmers were black. Today less than 2 percent of farms are controlled by black people, a loss of over 14 million acres and the result of discrimination and dispossession. While farm management is among the whitest of professions, farm labour is predominantly brown and exploited and people of color disproportionately live in ‘food apartheid’ neighborhoods and suffer from diet-related illness. The system is built on stolen land and stolen labour and needs a redesign.
Author; Leah Penniman