As many people know, Democrat-controlled Congress has just passed the $1.9 trillion CCP Virus (COVID-19) relief bill this week. However, some of the bill’s more radical policies have gone largely unnoticed.
One of these policies is a requirement that farmers only receive certain types of assistance if they are members of a racial minority.
The American Farm Bureau Foundation estimates that approximately $4 billion of the bill will be used to repay farmers up to 120% of their debts.
However, only those farmers who are considered “socially disadvantaged,” as defined by the law, are eligible for these benefits. “Socially disadvantaged” means “group whose members have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as members of a group without regard to their individual qualities.”
Thus those includes farmers who are “Black, Hispanic, Native American or Asian American,” according to the foundation.
Farmers who do not belong to those ethnic groups are rightfully protesting the race-based policy.
“Just because you’re a certain color you don’t have to pay back money? I don’t care if you’re purple, black, yellow, white, gray, if you borrow money, you have to pay it back,” Tennessee farmer Kelly Griggs told Fox News. “My reaction is, where did common sense go?”
The Covid bill includes billions of dollars in debt relief for black farmers. No, not just “farmers.” Just those with the correct skin color, duh. https://t.co/ZvGFCpmXtG
— OutKick (@Outkick) March 12, 2021
For years, Democrats have pushed for massive debt forgiveness, but the pandemic has given them an excuse to push it even harder.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a democratic socialist lists student debt cancellation as one of his top priorities on his website.
One of his goals is to “cancel all student loan debt for the some 45 million Americans who owe about $1.6 trillion and place a cap on student loan interest rates going forward at 1.88 percent.”
Many Americans, like Griggs, believe that forgiving debts for loans that someone chose to take out will greatly diminish our country’s sense of responsibility. There is no accountability for those actions if people can borrow money and then never pay it back—at least not for the borrowers. When debt is “canceled,” someone else pays the bill.
The debt forgiveness isn’t even the worst part of the relief bill’s provision. The true horror is that this debt was forgiven.
If the Democrats wanted to forgive debts for all farmers, or all struggling farmers, there would still be questions, but at least it would be consistent across the board. Instead, they only want to forgive debts owed for minority farmers.
This promotes the notion that while white farmers should be held accountable for their actions, minority farmers should not. Although this is a racist position, it is one that many liberals have endorsed.
The liberal argument for “systemic racism” is that minorities should never be held accountable for their situation in life. Rather, everything bad that has ever happened to them has to be the result of a racist American system.
In his book “How to Be an Antiracist,” left-wing activist Ibram X. Kendi argues that any disparity between groups of different races should be automatically attributed to racism.
In an opinion piece for The Washington Post, Matthew Yglesias wrote, “According to Kendi, any racial gap simply is racist by definition; any policy that maintains such a gap is a racist policy; and—most debatably—any intellectual explanation of its existence (sociological, cultural, and so on) is also racist.”
For example, it would be racist to claim that factors such as a lack of a father figure in the home cause black children to perform worse in school than white children. According to Kendi, the only thing that could lead to such a result is systemic racism.
As you can see, this argument would result in a dispersal of responsibility among minorities. Kendi is effectively arguing that their actions do not need to be investigated because only racism, not personal choices, can lead to a worse life.
This logic is simply extended by the idea of forgiving debts for only minority farmers. Because systemic racism is alleged to be the root of all disparities between minority and white farmers, it is only fair that we use government funds to address those disparities.
Of course, this is a racist notion. The solution to racism isn’t more discrimination.
Republicans have voiced criticisms of the policy.
“What happened to equal protection under the law?” Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) asked on Facebook.
He said, “This is wrong and un-American. I’m sure there are a lot of Americans out there that would love to have our tax dollars pay off all their debts. This is targeted to a very select few.”