[Homestead] discrimination settlements, righting the wrongs?
erthnsky at gmail.com
Wed Dec 1 11:50:06 EST 2010
Obviously, this is a done deal. At the end of this story is the blurb
about Carl Eggleston, which I have quoted below.
To me, I'm not sure something like that should be done. Can you prove
that the reason he wasn't able to get the loan is because of racial
discrimination? How much should he receive in damages if so, since his
proposed farm business was never even started? The paragraph right
before this one states that many people are being compensated (or to
quote Vilsack and Pelosi, 'wrongs are being righted') because they did
not file paperwork on time and missed deadlines... WTF? They miss a
deadline and suddenly the USDA owes them money?? I don't get that
reasoning. If discrimination can be proved, then great, pay the people,
but this, IMO, is the equivalent of saying the government owes me money
from sexual discrimination because I did not become a doctor because I
did not get enough financial aid in college. How the heck would you
prove something like that?
Rob, I noticed that Mr. Eggleston is from Farmville, local to you, so I
am hoping you can fill in the story some and make me feel better about
guys like this getting compensated. I know that the media often omits
crucial details, so perhaps there is more to this man's story?
I googled his name and found this interview on Civil Rights, but no
where does he talk about a proposed hog farm. On the contrary, it seems
he is quite successful as the owner of two funeral homes. He's been a
funeral director since 1977 and had his own business since 1983. He's a
community pillar, who says that adversity made him what he is today.
How do you compensate Mr. Eggleston for discrimination based on loan
paperwork not processed for a business that wasn't started, who will
file a claim 35 years after the fact?
> The costs of the bill would be offset by diverting dollars from a
> surplus in nutrition programs for women and children, extending
> customs user fees and new efforts for the Treasury to recoup excess
> unemployment insurance payments.
> Would-be farmer Carl Eggleston said he has been waiting for the bill
> to pass for years so he can refile his claim for the discrimination he
> says he faced when he tried to start a hog farm on his Virginia
> property. The African-American from Farmville said his application
> for a government loan was never even processed, and he ultimately
> turned to other work. Eggleston, 60, said he worked at a furniture
> store and a shoe company before eventually moving into the funeral
> home business, where he works today.
> "I could never get it off the ground," he said of his venture to
> expand on the handful of hogs his father raised.
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