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by Leslie Radford
Monday, Jun. 05, 2006 at 2:44 PM
Taking time out from organizing today's visits to the South Central Farm by Ralph Nadar, Peter Camejo, and Donna Warren, Dele Aileman, co-coordinator of the South Central Farmers, issued a statement in response to concerns that African-Americans are not among the Farmers working the land. First, he noted the appearance at the Farm of Danny Glover, Evelyn Knight, and Maxine Waters, the highest ranking government official to walk on the farmland. Then he continued:
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Only those who don't know the history of the Farm would be
asking about the absence of African-American farmers. It is a statement in ignorance of the history of the Farm and a
perspective that has been deliberately foisted to divert us from the issue at
A couple of years ago there was a very important discussion
between an alliance which was under the guardianship of an African-American
community organizer (Deacon Alexander) and the South Central Farmers where the
issue of the involvement was discussed. The
decision was left to Deacon Alexander to propose an initiative on how to involve
Black farmers on the fourteen acres of land here. To the best of my knowledge, as someone who was intimately engaged in
some stages of this discussion, the matter of the movement of Black farmers was
completely left to Deacon Alexander. The
elected representatives of the Farmers, Tezozomoc and Rufina Juarez, were open
and favorably disposed to the inclusion of not just Black farmers, indeed Black
women farmers and farmers from all other races, nationalities, and ethnicities.
The organizers of the South Center Farmers have been
subjected to a vicious campaign of calumny from various sectors. Some of those campaigns of character assassination, we are aware, are
funded by those who are opposed to the survival of this largest urban farm in
the United States, and we are confident we will overcome this round of the
campaign of lies that use the participation of Black farmers as a front.
As an Internationalist and a Pan-Africanist, I hold dear
the belief that the solidarity of people of color is a necessary and critical
ingredient for the liberation of all humanity.
Co-Coordinator, South Central Farmers
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|Leslie you rock
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