1619: History is in the land, part II

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This is the continuation of June and Angie Provost’s story about land, family, intergenerational knowledge, and loss. The Provost family has a long history of sugar-cane farming, but June’s crop loans are coming through late and the amount is less than half of what his father used to get. He watches the white farmers fertilizing with money from their approved loans while he is forced to wait. His yields get smaller. He knows what to do, it’s in his blood, but the bank seems to be targeting him and his complaints go unanswered.

June and Angie Provost are suing the bank for discrimination. A whistle-blower showed them contracts with June’s signature, which had been copied by the bank, showing altered loan requests. Listeners are joined by Harvard professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad to learn about parallels between the Provost case and the largest civil rights settlement in American history: Pigford v. Glickman.

At the end of the episode, listeners are back on the shore of Point Comfort with Nikole Hannah-Jones. The place where it all started.

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