The USDA Did It Again


African American farmers of our land are still faced with extinction. Their land is being taken away. It is a well kept secret to many, but to some of us it is all too real.

The story of a 67 year old military veteran and farmer, Eddie Wise and his wife, Dorothy (to whom Eddie refers lovingly as (“my Brown Sugar”), is the latest example of the outrageous action by the U.S. government against a black farmer.

Eddie and Dorothy Wise are shown on the right in the photo above. This was in better times.

On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, around 7:30 a.m., at least fourteen (14) Federal Marshals in full military gear with full scale military guns drawn, along with several county sheriff officers, descended on the 106 acre farm in Nash County, N C, and forcibly escorted Eddie Wise and his wife, who was still in bed and suffers from a debilitating medical condition, out of their home and off the land that they have owned for more than 20 years.

Not only did the Federal Marshals render Eddie and Dorothy immediately homeless and landless, but did not allow them to take any of their belongings except the clothes on their backs. They also insisted on “securing” every firearm legally owned by Mr. Wise.

A Duke University Adjunct Professor, a friend of the Wises, took pictures and acquired some sound, but was summarily put off the property also. We will soon post those photos. They are chilling.

Mr. and Mrs. Wise need our support to help them with everyday living expenses until they get settled. That includes food and lodging and related expenses. When legal counsel is secured, that will require more funding.

A year ago, you  helped us raise funds to send farmers to a Black Land Loss Summit in DC.  That support is appreciated.  Right now, your contributions to BFAA, the Black Farmers & Agriculturalists Association, will be earmarked specifically for Mr. and Mrs. Wise. 

Please support them with your contribution to BFAA.


  • Dana Robb
    • $150 
    • 3 yrs


Waymon Hinson
Tillery, NC
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