A disabled Wisconsin dairy farmer is suing the Biden administration over a COVID-19 mortgage forgiveness program – alleging it’s racist as a result of whites aren’t eligible.
Adam Faust, a white resident of Chilton who has two prosthetic legs, is amongst 5 Midwestern farmers who not too long ago filed a lawsuit in Green Bay that accuses the federal authorities of violating their constitutional rights, WLUK reported.
“Were plaintiffs eligible for the loan forgiveness benefit, they would have the opportunity to make additional investments in their property, expand their farms, purchase equipment and supplies, and otherwise support their families and local communities,” the lawsuit states.
“Because plaintiffs are ineligible to even apply for the program solely due to their race, they have been denied the equal protection of the law and therefore suffered harm,” it says.
Faust, proprietor of Faust Farms, instructed the information outlet that this system is “out and out racist.”
“It was just out and out racist, and I really don’t think that there should be racism allowed in the federal government at any level,” the farmer griped.
“If somebody’s green, I think they should be allowed to participate, based on their actual qualifications for the program, and not just picking an arbitrary thing like race.”
The American Rescue Plan gives $4 billion to forgive loans for socially deprived farmers and ranchers, in line with the lawsuit, which alleges that “socially disadvantaged” are solely those that are black, American Indian, Hispanic, Alaskan native, Asian American or Pacific Islander, WLUK reported.
“I don’t see where they’re gonna be impacted any different than anybody else,” stated Faust, who was born with spina bifida.
“I’ve never seen any government program based solely on that. I mean, if it would’ve been against any other race, everybody would’ve been onboard and would’ve been complaining immediately,” he added.
Deputy counsel Daniel Lennington of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty — which filed the swimsuit on behalf of the farmers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and Ohio, instructed the outlet: “If you’re not white, you get the benefit. If you’re white, you do not get the benefit.”
During a Fox News appearance Wednesday evening, Faust stated “we can’t have a government picking and choosing who they are going to give any program to based solely on the color of their skin.”
“Everything that we have all learned growing up is racism is wrong, and now, all of a sudden, the federal government seems to think that racism is acceptable in certain ways. And it should never be acceptable,” he claimed.
Attorney Rick Esenberg, who appeared with Faust, known as the scenario “really disturbing.”
“We are all for laws that prohibit discrimination, but those laws have to apply across the board, to people like Adam, as well as to black and Hispanic farmers,” Esenberg stated.
“This really disturbing move we have about equity instead of equality of opportunity will not end well. It will lead … to a war against all, where we all are looking for our racial spoils and that is simply not what America is about.”
The US Department of Justice didn’t reply to a request for remark by WLUK.
The US Department of Agriculture stated in a press release to the outlet that it was reviewing the lawsuit with the DOJ, however that it plans to proceed to supply mortgage forgiveness to “socially disadvantaged” farmers.