Volume 4, Number 11 March 29, 2001
Senate Bean Soup
by Dr. Ridgely A. Mu’min Muhammad
"Maybe it's the famous Senate bean soup," opined Jacob Weisberg in his Slate magazine article "Why Strom Won’t Die" on Tuesday, March 13, 2001. Although it was a "tongue in cheek" explanation for the longevity of such Senate relics as Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms, the irony is not lost on this writer in light of Bill Moyer’s recent expose on the Chemical Industry entitled "Trade Secrets".
In "Trade Secrets" Mr. Moyer points out that the "chemical revolution" brought new products and new cancer causing agents that the Chemical Industry knew of decades ago but artfully covered up. These harmful chemicals are in the food, water and air and now all mixed up in us. There is a revolving door between the chemical industries and the government agencies that are supposed to regulate the safety of their products.
Now these same firms such as Dupont and Monsanto have ventured into genetic engineering and are being asked to "police" themselves the same way that they had been doing for the last 50 years to the detriment of the American guinea pigs, I mean public. "There is a war going on that you might want to know.You better find out from Monsanto" (complete poem at: http://muhammadfarms.com/terminator_genes.htm)
The Black farmers have been put out of business and this government has no intention to put or let them back in. As I stated in an earlier articles on our site (The Farmer Newsletter), this government has withheld evidence that could help the Black farmers in their fight for justice and now we have absolute proof of that.
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) of the USDA on December 1, 1994 commissioned a Black consulting firm, D.J. Miller & Associates (DJMA) to do a "Disparity Study" to determine if there was "disparity between White males and minorities and females in program participation, representation on the County Committees, results of appeals, and assignment of program payments." The report was completed on March 4, 1996 but did not see the light of day until last week, March 19, 2001, five years later.
The report was denied by the USDA to exist as the Black farmers pursued a lawsuit against the USDA. Without the evidence that this report could have produced the farmers and their lawyers were left with trying to prove discrimination without hard statistical evidence. The lawsuit process led to a settlement out of court which did not include admission by the USDA that it had discriminated against Black farmers. Therefore each member of the "class" had to prove discrimination all over again without the benefits of the D.J. Miller report or the power of discovery which would have allowed them to go into USDA records on "similarly situated white farmers" to show disparity in treatment.
The 700+ pages DJMA Disparity Study stated, "This report establishes that, based on direct FSA data sources, minority and female farmers generally face disparities in participation in FSA programs and processes...Black farmers in the FSA Southeast Area states, in particular, are faced with the most striking disparities." Now that the lawsuit is basically over and nearly 40% of those who applied for the lawsuit have been denied and the monitor for the lawsuit has admitted that the appeal process will not help most of those denied, here comes this report out of the dark closet of our government. The Republicans will probably blame the Democrats for withholding the evidence. However, the study was done using data from 1990 to 1995 in which the Republicans held executive power for 1990 through 1992 and the Democrats for 1993 through 1995. The Civil Rights Division of the USDA was eliminated in 1983 under President Reagan, Republican. In other words, discrimination was a "bipartisan effort".
Now we find that the chemical companies have lied, the Senate has been eating "navy bean soup" to live longer since the early 1900’s, while the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and his followers have been laughed at for their bean soup and bean pies and accused of being paranoid, when they teach that the so-called white man is an open enemy to Black people. By the way, a recent FOX t.v. report has exposed that the "moon landing" was also a hoax, which the Honorable Elijah Muhammad had argued years ago.
This western world has not only told lies about what to eat and how to eat, they have even tricked cows into being cannibals by sneaking cow brains into their diet resulting in "Mad Cows" disease. They have destroyed Black people’s ability to feed themselves by destroying the Black farm industry and lied about it all along, while the Jesse Helms of this world have set up fast foods franchises like, "Heart Disease", "MacDeath", "Murder King", "Sintucky Fried Chicken", "Taco Hell" and "Wind Dies".
One day we may wind up hitting the wall of the reality of "universal laws" as the "gremlins" of this world say "OOPS! You should have followed the Messenger."