Farmers' bias claims get NAACP support

July 16, 1998
The NAACP today publicly embraced the nation's dwindling corps of black farmers and demanded the federal government compensate them for a long history of racial discrimination that has driven many farmers off their land.
     The nation's largest civil rights group voiced support for a number of measures aimed at clearing the way for the government to resolve lawsuits and other complaints brought against the Department of Agriculture by black farmers in recent years.
     Thousands of NAACP members also heard from Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, who in a speech acknowledged the department's racist past and promised to attack the vestiges of bias that remain within the agency. He also said USDA will compensate farmers who can prove they were discriminated against.