Black farmers file class action lawsuit

VICKSBURG, Miss. (WJTV) — Farmers in Vicksburg, gathered at the Convention Center to hear about a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Thomas Burrell is the president of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association. He said the Court of Appeals ruled the department discriminated against Black farmers.

An audit report says the department is settling some of the discrimination allegations. However, Burrell says the department denied blacks to participate.

“We are appalled that in 2017 a government agency is discriminating against a group of people because of the color of their skin.”

Burrell says he and his association is seeking $1.8 billion in a class action suit.

“If you deny black men in agriculture, who is to say that they won’t deny them a driver’s license or an education.”

Burrell says if you would like more information on this lawsuit, please contact his office. Get more information on their website.

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