I went to the bootheel again, but it was for farmers and not floods this time. The The story is an expected and sad one – these farmers were forced into retirement by the USDA’s refusal to grant them loans in the 70s. The money went to their white counterparts, who bought up the land and are still there today. The government is trying to sort out reparations, but the timing is off: many of the farmers are either too old or too dead to make use of them.
Garon Trawick lost an eye to a combine on his farm during the short time that he owned it. To have given nearly your whole life – literally – to something just to have it taken from you without ceremony or reason is unfathomable to me. I’ve never known that kind of tragedy.
But he moved on; I’ve never known that kind of faith either.