A new case has been opened allowing black farmers who were too late to claim discrimination compensation in the 1999 Pigford V. Glickman case, to have their claims reviewed.
Apparently tens of thousands of African American farmers didn't have a chance to have their discrimination cases evaluated. The farmers were promised 40 acres and a mule in compensation for being discriminated against.
The class action suit (Case number 1:08-cv-00940) has been filed on behalf of the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA), who represent nearly forty thousand African American farmers.
The class involves black farmers who farmed between Jan-01, 1981 and Dec-31, 1996, who applied to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) during that time for participation in a federal farm credit program, and believe they were discriminated against because of their race.