Shirley Sherrod and a Pigford puzzle

by Walter Olson on July 31, 2010

“If there are only 39,697 African-American farmers grand total in the entire country, then how can over 86,000 of them claim discrimination at the hands of the USDA? Where did the other 46,303 come from?” [Zombie, Pajamas Media; earlier here and here] More: Dave Zincavage has been checking Wikipedia (“virtually automatic” $50,000 payouts); and lawyers for Native American farmers and ranchers want in too.

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1 Le Mur 07.31.10 at 1:12 pm

My understanding is that the “discrimination” consisted of people with bad credit rating not getting USDA loans as often as people with good credit ratings, and that was magically turned into racial discrimination because blacks, although treated the same as everyone else, were just more likely to have bad credit ratings. This lawsuit was a classic example of “Stealth Welfare”.

Links and info here:http://www.vdare.com/misc/080909_march.htm
including whining from the GOA about this scam.

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