Judge halts loan forgiveness program aimed at Black farmers
A federal judge in Florida cited racial discrimination in a ruling that halted the loan forgiveness program aimed at Black farmers that was part of the Biden administration’s COVID-19 relief package that forgave debts related to agriculture.
U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales said in her ruling that Congress should “do away with governmentally imposed discrimination based on race,” Reported in the Washington post.
Howard said, “It appears that in adopting Section 1005’s strict race-based debt relief remedy Congress moved with great speed to address the history of discrimination, but did not move with great care.”
The lawsuit was started by Scott Wynn, a White farmer who objected to the loan program being based on race.