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Black farmers get second wave of payments from bias suit

A second wave of payouts has begun streaming to Black farmers from the settlement of a lawsuit, commonly referred to as “Pigford II,” against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Between 1983 and 1997, thousands of African American famers suffered rampant discrimination at USDA’s Farm Service Agency offices, which denied them loans solely because of their race, resulting in severe financial and real estate l ...

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Racial disparities in adoption raise concerns

Decades later, Rhonda Roorda still becomes emotional. “Sometimes I still feel the trauma of knowing ... I could have aged out of the foster care system,” said Roorda, an African American woman who was adopted by a white couple in 1971. “I could have fallen through the cracks.” As of 2010, an African American child in Michigan is more likely to be waiting for adoption than to become adopted, according to the ...

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