Racist?? Michele Bachmann Doesn’t Think Black Farmers Should Get “Modern Day Reparations”

- By Bossip Staff

Michele Bachmann stays running her mouth:

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann pointed to one program in particular Monday when talking about wasteful government spending: a multibillion dollar settlement paid to black farmers, who claim the federal government discriminated against them for decades in awarding loans and other aid.

The issue came up after Bachmann and Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa toured flooded areas along the Missouri River. During a news conference, they fielded a question about whether farmers affected by the flooding also should be worried by proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture cuts.

The two responded by criticizing a 1999 settlement in what is known as the Pigford case, after the original plaintiff, North Carolina farmer Timothy Pigford. Late last year, President Barack Obama signed legislation authorizing a new, nearly $1.2 billion settlement for people who were denied payments in the earlier one because they missed deadlines for filing.

King has likened the Pigford settlement to “modern-day reparations” for African-Americans. He said Monday a large percentage of the settlement “was just paid out in fraudulent claims” and criticized the Obama administration’s plan to resolve separate lawsuits filed by Hispanic and female farmers. “That’s another at least $1.3 billion,” King said “I’d like to apply that money to the people that are under water right now.”

Bachmann seconded King’s criticism, saying, “When money is diverted to inefficient projects, like the Pigford project, where there seems to be proof-positive of fraud, we can’t afford $2 billion in potentially fraudulent claims when that money can be used to benefit the people along the Mississippi River and the Missouri River.”

John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, which represented black farmers in the Pigford settlement, called the criticism unfair.



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  • HG

    Can someone,anyone please smack her down….like really.

  • Frank

    Racist? No question. That is the TEA party instrument of thought. No tea for me please. Can I have another cup of coffee with no cream please?

  • CommonSense

    She stupid as Sarah Palin…….

  • nina

    Why the heck does she have the power to run her mouth in the first place? I can’t wait to see our children get older and take over these ignorant peoples job and I can only hope and pray that this ends one day. It’s sad to see racism able to be ok??!! I’m so angry .


    Ok if in fact there were fraudulent claims how many weren’t legitimate filings? What was total dollar amount of these claims? How did she come to this conclusion? I mean at least back your argument with facts.

  • SMH

    She need to sit down somewhere.

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