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How black Americans are fighting to keep their farmland

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In a recent story for The Nation and the Food & Environment Reporting Network, food policy analyst Leah Douglas exposes an obscure legal loophole through which African-Americans living in rural areas have been systematically economically disadvantaged. Her telling of one South Carolina family’s story sheds light on the ongoing struggle to retain black-owned farmland in the South.


Queen Quet, Head-of-State and Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation,
which once occupied Hilton Head and most of the coastal islands
that fringe the southeastern United States. (Photo by Richard Ellis)