Ending a War Waged by Deed of Title: How to Achieve Distributive Justice for Black Farmers

By Jordan C. Patterson.

A war waged by deed of title has dispossessed land from 98% of Black farmers in the United States—about 12 million acres in the last century. By many different means—mostly legal—Black farmers lost their homes and livelihoods. Willena Scott-White’s family fell victim to these tragic takings. Willena’s grandfather, Ed Scott Jr., sharecropped, rented, and managed farms for white farmers until he was able to buy his first 100 acres. By the time the elder Scott passed away in 1957 he had amassed more than 1,000 acres of farmland. Scott’s farmland was foreclosed on due to lack of aid in the 1980s. Read Patterson’s full note here.