Farming while black, is officially added to the “While Black” list of activities including working while black, driving while black, walking down the street while black, shopping while black, etc.,
Newman, who is a black farmer explains his reason to call out the subtle racism of his neighbors, who purport to be progressive and inclusive but have yet to acknowledge the fact that Charlottesville is, by his estimation, “the most aggressively segregated place” he’s ever lived in.
As I pointed out in a previous article, Liberal cities and states are more racially segregated than conservative states… Liberal cities/states also have a much higher racial wealth gap than so-called conservative states.
Liberals are racist, plain and simple. It’s important that Americans unmask racism and stop assuming that only conservatives are racist. Only DATA can dictate the truth of racism and it can be the only platform stable enough to begin our fight for economic justice.
Newman went on to explain:
It isn’t Richard Spencer calling the cops on me for farming while Black,” Newman wrote. “It’s nervous White women in yoga pants with ‘I’m with her’ and ‘Coexist’ stickers on their German SUVs.”
The African American farmer (which is so rare nowadays you could call him a Unicorn) went on to suggest that residents of the town who are interested in racial progress should consider how to effect change in their own everyday lives.
“People are so busy going after that easy fix, going after that Confederate flag, that they’re not doing the hard thing, which is thinking, how did we get here, and how the hell do we dig out of institutional racism,” Newman wrote.
In an interview with CBS affiliate Newsplex on Wednesday, Newman said that the racial profiling he receives has gotten so bad that he has stopped doing food deliveries from his farm to wealthier neighborhoods in the area. He told the station that the fact he experiences racism on a day-to-day basis is the main reason he made the Facebook post.
He told the station that the fact he experiences racism on a day-to-day basis is the main reason he made the Facebook post.
“The thing that bothered me wasn’t so much the protests themselves, but the back-patting after it,” Newman said. “There’s a difference between confronting racists and confronting racism.”
Of course, black farmers are a dying breed, a species on the brink of becoming extinct because of farming, owning land and controlling resources is economic power that both the racist liberals and conservatives do not want African Americans to have.
Let’s briefly get into the historical context of black farming and land ownership by using the black farmer John Boyd’s story as an example and HARD DATA…
By 1982, African-American farmers received just 1 percent of farm-ownership loans.
In fiscal year 1980, the USDA allotted 398 farm-ownership loans to black farmers, totaling $15.9 million. By fiscal year 1983, the agency administered 109 loans, valued at $4.3 million.
Such stark data, as well as a growing body of testimonies from African-American farmers like Boyd, raised the question of discriminatory practices by the USDA— and the role those practices played in removing black farmers from the American landscape.
In the late 1980s, John Boyd was a hard working fourth-generation Virginia farmer just trying to stay ahead.
When his loan request was turned down again and again by the Dept. of Agriculture and his requests for other forms of state assistance available for farmers were ignored, John turned his deep frustration into action.
In the spring of 1995, with no existing organization to turn to, John decided to start his own—and the National Black Farmers Association was born.
Banks are good at turning us down for LOANS and the only way to make lending fair in this country is to get involved in politics and fight for a Law that REQUIRES banks to approve African Americans loans at a specific percentage with TERMS that are NOT predatory!
Farmer discrimination lawsuits continue, click on the link to learn more, also notice how “Black male farmers” are not included in this lawsuit, just minority women and Latino’s… hmmmm okay!- http://www.blackfarmers.org/html/040913.html
Here is the FULL post of Farmer Newman’s message against liberal racism that went viral on Facebook.
“A message to Charlottesville about Lee Park from your local Black farmer:
I know some folks are really feeling themselves about this whole Love Trumps Hate counter-rally to Richard Spencer’s punch-worthy shenanigans in Lee Park. I’d like to appreciate it, but frankly I just don’t.
I’ve lived in several cities and visited many more before Charlottesville. I like this town for its natural beauty, it’s small size, the friendliness of its people, and its food. But folks, here’s something else: Charlottesville is by far the most aggressively segregated place I’ve ever lived in or visited. And that seems a strange thing to have to say about a town that hosts a public university.
I say “aggressively” for two reasons. One, because of how assertive police (and the citizens who summon them) are here with racial profiling. It got so bad in 2014 – 2015 that I stopped renting farmland on estates where I could be easily seen from the road, and I stopped making food deliveries into wealthier neighborhoods because of how often police would “happen by” and sometimes even question me five or ten minutes after I got a strange look from a passerby (usually someone jogging, but occasionally someone in a car). I’m not a paranoid kinda guy, but this happened way too often to be a coincidence.
It isn’t Richard Spencer calling the cops on me for farming while Black. It’s nervous White women in yoga pants with “I’m with Her” and “Coexist” stickers on their German SUVs.
Second is the sheer degree of cultural appropriation going on with businesses in the city proper. It’s little things – e.g. shops and other businesses incorporating wide swaths of hiphop culture into their branding while having not a single Black owner, partner, employee, or vendor. And those businesses are KILLING IT here. This is a town where Blackness advances White-owned brands and subjects Black-owned businesses to inspection by law enforcement.
Do you really think that problem comes from people like Richard Spencer?
Check out C’Ville Weekly’s Instagram feed when you get a moment, and try not to notice that the few depictions of Black people are limited to sports, singing, criminal justice, or single parenthood. White people, meanwhile, are represented as political activists, chefs, cogs in the gig economy, musicians, dancers, people who get married, visual artists, songwriters, architects, landscapers, thespians, artistic directors, wedge-heel-wearing rugby players, dog lovers, farmers, firefighters, and people who play with their kids in cul de sacs.
Richard Spencer is not the editor of C’Ville Weekly.
Truth is, as a Black dude, I’m far less bothered by the flag wavers in this picture than this town’s progressives assuming its race problem has nothing to do with them. The former is a visual inconvenience. The latter could leave my daughters without a father.
So please, put down the candles and instead ask yourself: why is my city like this? Why is life like this for Black people in my wonderful city? The answer is a lot closer to home than Richard Spencer or Lee Park.”
By Janell Hihi Copyright@201