A Word … With Jason Johnson

Farming While Black

COVID relief meant a multi-billion-dollar payout to struggling Black farmers. Is it enough?

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Episode Notes

Black farmers scored a major victory in the COVID relief package, winning billions of dollars in aid. The farmers call it fairness. Some Republicans call it reparations. On today’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by John Boyd Jr. to talk about what this relief means for Black farmers across the country. Boyd is the founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association, and he says the time is now for the Biden administration to make up for decades of government discrimination.

Guest: John Boyd Jr., founder, and president of the National Black Farmers Association

Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel and Jasmine Ellis.


About the Show

America doesn’t need another conversation about race. At least, not the kind we’ve been having … the ones that are sparked by a crisis and move quickly from shock to empty promises to forgetting. No. What America needs are REAL conversations about race—ones that shine a light on the facts, the history, and the reality of how race plays out in our politics and society. That’s what Slate offers each week on A Word … with Jason Johnson. A veteran political commentator, Johnson will bring his incisive wit to thoughtful discussions with leaders, journalists, and other change-makers who will tell the truth about America’s challenges around race and offer ideas on the way forward.

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