A third judge ruled last week that the Biden administration’s farm aid program for minority discriminates against white farmers.
The Tennessee ruling followed similar rulings in Florida and Wisconsin.
U.S. District Court Judge S. Thomas Anderson of the Western District of Tennessee ruled, “The Court finds that Plaintiff (Holman) has shown a substantial likelihood that he will prevail on his claim that Section 1005 violates his right to equal protection under the law,” according to The Daily Wire.
It added, “Absent action by the Court, socially disadvantaged farmers will obtain debt relief, while Plaintiff will suffer the irreparable harm of being excluded from that program solely on the basis of his race.”
Forbes noted the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan “includes $4 billion in debt relief payments for farmers categorized as ‘socially disadvantaged’ by the United States Department of Agriculture, primarily farmers who are Black, Hispanic, American Indian, or Asian American.”
In the related Florida case, U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard ruled in June, “Congress also must heed its obligation to do away with governmentally imposed discrimination based on race.”
She added, “it appears that in adopting Section 1005’s strict race-based debt relief remedy Congress moved with great speed to address the history of discrimination, but did not move with great care.”
The decision will greatly impact the application of funds to American farmers, a vital part of the nation’s economy. The Biden administration may seek to tout diversity in its decision, but at least this aspect of its legislation was ruled illegal in its application.