Speeches and Floor Statements
Congressman David Scott Statement Condemning the 2018 Farm Bill
Washington, May 16, 2018
Today Congressman David Scott (GA-13) delivered the following statement strongly condemning the 2018 Farm Bill and its failure to fully support America’s 1890s Land Grant African American Colleges and Universities.
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Transcript of Congressman David Scott’s Remarks
“After the Civil War, when the South was utterly destroyed, they established land grant colleges. And in the 30 years later, because there was so much struggle without adequate freedom for my people, African-Americans, they established the 1890 land grant colleges because they had Plessy vs Ferguson, establishing the separate but equal doctrine. Yeah, they were separated already, but never equal!
“These 1890 colleges have never gotten the financial support to even come close to the white 1860's that were there. So, we tried to make amends in this Farm Bill to come up with a very noble idea with the shortage of younger people not going into agriculture, not going into science and technology and research to feed the future. We established scholarships to go to the 1890's.
“But you know what? When they took our bill and put it in the Farm Bill, they took the money out, just like they did back in the 1890's. Black people in this country have suffered too long and we need to put a stop to it.
“I know that this House will not put the money back in. It was just a million dollars a year for each of the five years, just trying to get people into these land grant colleges and universities. Not every black person wants to necessarily play football or basketball. They also want to be scientists and feed the future.
“This is a terrible bill and I’m asking that the Senate put the $95 million back into this bill and let's finally treat the 1890 Land Grant African-American schools with the respect and the dignity that you have never given to them!”