A TIMELINE: Contributing Factors to African American Land Loss. In spite of neglect, hostility and sanctioned racial violence by the federal government and the southern states, by 1910 African Americans had acquired over 15 million acres of farmland and controlled 218,000 black farms. African American farmers now own less than 3 million acres of farmland and comprise less than 1% of US farmers.
Diaspora Earthcare Coalition – United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent.
A group of networked activists with no time for either megaphones or the politics of “silos,” and an evolutionary vision, locked arms and pledged to serve the most vulnerable populations. Soberly, they understood that climate disruptions, whether due to prolonged power grid outages, floods, drought, or extreme weather incidents would become more frequent and intense. They wanted to ensure that people who had become completely dependent on industrial agriculture’s distribution systems created alternatives for themselves and had local access to food and water as climate change dialed up.
Global society has crossed the threshold of an existential crisis. The global south ─people of color in particular, walked across that threshold back in the early 1970s. Increased frequency of climate change-induced natural disasters, worsening variability in rainfall patterns, droughts, flooding, and heat stress have plagued Caribbean, Latin American, African, and island nations for over 40 years.
With the advent of the new American administration, the flagrant fusion of American corporate and state power will hasten climate change and unfettered resource depletion. We are ALL now racing toward the edge of the cliff! To relocalize production is to grow wings rather than plummet. We have choices.
We have choices. We can choose to purposefully live into relocalizing food production choice wherever we are.
This is all the more imperative for the most vulnerable and marginalized among us who are scapegoats in an unabashedly, “America First,” world.