A century-and-half after “40 acres and a mule, ” billions of debt relief promised African American farmers will have to wait longer, as U.S. judge issues nationwide preliminary injunction; White farmers say debt relief is discriminatory against them

Sid Miller, who is suing in his personal capacity as a farmer and not on behalf of the state, contends the debt relief is unconstitutional because it excludes white farmers based on their race or ethnicity. He argues USDA no longer discriminates against farmers of color and called the loan forgiveness a “backhanded way” of offering reparations.