The BBC advocates Black Lesbian Farming

It used to be soothing to drift into Sunday morning listening to BBC Radio 4’s On Your Farm, hearing advice on stock ownership and agricultural practice. Recent issues have included Brexit, the EU Common Agricultural and Fisheries Policy, GM crops, biotechnology, pesticides, animal welfare, organic farming and problems with rural broadband; a good start to a day dominated by The Archers.

Something you may not have known about white slaves

That was then. As we all know, our safe, rational world has suddenly changed; we now have the Black Lives Matter movement and nothing can be seen outside the perspective of race, or at least not by the BBC. Black and white cows, the four-legged variety, once loomed large and rubbed along well in the program but not anymore.

‘American agriculture is overwhelmingly white, male and straight so too here in the UK. Could that ever change?’ Asked the BBC blog site.

‘There’s a chronic lack of diversity in agriculture in the Western World, BBC reporter Anna Jones told us, from a farm in New York State, run by two black women and two married Lesbians.

‘Black, gay, female and farming,’ exclaimed Anna, ‘Diversity is the way of the farming future.’

Rather than the correct animal feed the program fed us with essential facts; Africans invented agriculture but their skills were stolen from them and if you thought people once moved from the land to the cities seeking a better way of life you were misinformed; it was all about slavery and racism.

What the four female farmers do sounds admirable. Karen Washington founder of Black Urban Growers, (BUGS) opened a farmer’s market in NY’s impoverished South Bronx and talks to under-class people about the value of fresh food. She also delivers food boxes, something usually restricted to the middle-classes, but she talks about ‘food apartheid.’

‘I’m black, I’m a woman,’ she said, ‘as a person of colour who once came to this country enslaved. I can see people of colour (POCs constantly mentioned) having a distance from the food system.’

All under-class groups get poorer food, apart from the Chinese and Korean who still cook with fresh and pickled veg, this issue is about class but for these women everything is seen in the context of slavery, the shibboleth of black activism, or what is now termed, ‘Black Centrism,’ and even ‘Afro-futurism.’

To many of us duplicitous, thieving white folk, this sounds like fantasy. Their farming methods are more extreme than organic. ‘No pesticides because our ancestors never used them.’ Said one woman. ‘If we lose a crop, we can do better next time.’

Could their, our, ancestors really afford such a relaxed attitude to crop failure?

Anna for the BBC cut to the nub of this, speaking emotionally of what she called, ‘Legacies of oppression,’ and, ‘That word that hangs in the air; slavery.’

Everyone seemed to hold their breath as if she’d just used a word that is rapidly becoming  sacred.

Despite slavery, Lorrie Clevenger claimed that fourteen percent of US farms were once owned by prosperous black farmers, now it’s one percent.

‘Are there attitudes that farming is just a little two close to slavery?’ Anna asked. The women agreed that black people had spent too long, ‘Getting away from all that.’ They saw no connection between themselves and other industrial peoples the world over, who have escaped rural poverty and lost touch with natural food. It’s sometimes observed that migrants from Asia often do not garden, seeing it as some kind of throwback to poorer times. But the belief on this farm is that their former skills had been deliberately stolen.

Lorrie had a white mother but calls herself black and left her home in rural Missouri for New York because, she said, she didn’t like, ‘The ‘behaviours’ people exhibited because of her race.’ In the ‘Big Apple’ she rediscovered her ‘farming heritage’ and growing tomatoes became a ‘spiritual experience.’

They represent, ‘liberty, healing and the larger collective heritage I am part of.’

The women are working as farmers to, ‘Reclaim our roots as expert farmers before we were kidnapped and enslaved.’

They fear their expertise will be stolen again by conniving whites so they are struggling to ‘protect their stories’ from being ‘co-opted’ and ‘re-named,’ for capitalist profit. To deal with this threat they’ve come up with the word, ‘Agricology,’ to encompass the, ‘indigenous practises of growing food all over the world.’ ‘Centuries of knowledge,’ stolen by white people.

No one described that knowledge or mentioned the need for agricultural surpluses, often lacking or stolen in poor countries, or of cash-crop farming. Instead they seemed to embrace an ideal of subsistence farming away from capitalist combines of any kind. Africa was a lost Eden.

‘We were growing food in Africa,’ said one, ‘there was a beautiful relationship with the land and with each other, that was lost to enslavement and we need to reclaim our relationship to the land.’

Africa also has a ‘diversity’ problem, not mentioned; only one sex does most of the work. According to a recent World Bank report, African women produce eighty percent of food for local markets and create gardens. They mostly sow seeds, do the weeding, cultivate and harvest the crops and sell surpluses. The report states that in Nigeria, where women are 60% to 80% of the agricultural work force, men make all the farm management decisions. African women have little access to cash, land or credit. In Kenya the value of female farmers’ tools is one fifth that of men’s.

Michaela and Jane, the married Lesbians, merely, ‘White allies,’ to the black farmers, offered uncompromising advice to snoozing white listeners; ‘Get comfortable being uncomfortable,’ if you live in a rural villages you must travel to find POCs or, ‘read, listen and learn from black people,’ by watching them on YouTube. ‘Remember, if you live in the US, you’re living on land which used to be populated by black people before you.’

BBC Anna, who says it was ‘one of the most moving farm visits,’ she’s ever done, wasn’t there to question, let alone challenge any of the myths the American women cherished. One wonders if they’d even heard of Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of south Africa, where highly productive land expropriated from 4,500 white farmers is now a place of scarcity and starvation. But for ‘Afro-futurists,’ claiming the hinterland and moral high-ground of historic slavery, anything can be true if they say it is.   

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27 Comments on The BBC advocates Black Lesbian Farming

  1. Zimbabwe is now asking white farmers to return. They would be nuts to do so.

    Meantime, South Africa has legalised the expropriation of white farmers’ land without compensation.

    Its deja vue all over again.

  2. Combine the effects of naive idealism, ignorance of how things actually work, and lust for power.

    Result:

    The destructive ideas and behaviours that we see in the BBC and 90% of the mainstream media, in the political parties, in the education systems, in the civil services, and even in parts of business and parts of the police, and parts of the military.

    Turns out that the freedoms, material abundance, mass education and generosity to Others that have been made possible by Western Civ have brought the world to the Brink of the Abyss.

  3. Slavery?

    Oh yes.

    Well, a long time ago, the enslavement of certain tribes of black Africans was originated and turned into a big industry by certain other tribes of black Africans, and continues today, in parts.

    Then there was the enslavement of Europeans, esp women, by Arab Muslims, back in the old days, and continues today, in parts.

    And so on.

    Then there was Western Civ -a civ that lifted out of poverty and ignorance and provided greater boons and benefits to peoples of Western, non-Western and anti-Western cultures than any other civ, extant or extinct.

    And that includes the effects of colonisation of non-Western and anti-Western parts by the British.

    About time the non-Western and anti-Western beneficiaries paid their dues eh.

    And about time a critical mass of Westerners rushed to front -to save their Civ.

    • I notice that you’re fond of the word Civ, but I think it’s a bit too long. Could you shorten it to C? And perhaps Western could be shortened to W.
      We in the WC would be grateful.

        • Sorry Noel but this is above and beyond wry grins and irony. We used to say in jocular fashion “The way things are going it will soon…………………” now all this is here and in our faces too. –
          To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
          A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
          A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
          A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
          A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
          A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
          A time to gain that which is to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
          A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
          A time of love, and a time of hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

  4. Was a time I thought that within a few decades that many European cities, eg London, would look a lot like Mumbai.

    That was then.

    Now I think that within a few decades much of the West will look a lot like Somalia/Sudan, that sort of thing.

    • You might be amused to know this – an Indian acquaintance said Indians call it Bombay, only us whiteys call it mumbai. Some say the new name was in fact an Islamic name which doesn’t go down well everywhere in India.

      • That is useful info -thank you.

        By the way, I mention Bombay, not because of the number of Indian faces I had expected to see in London, but more a matter of the mixture of low and high wealth, some new but mostly dilapidated infrastructure, the crowding, and extreme efforts by some sectors of the populace to keep their families employed while many others beg.

        And I mention Somalia/Sudan to refer to the unworkability, well absence, of the civil order.

        Gandhi said a lot of silly things -but the most anti-factual was his quip that Western Civ was yet to emerge. (I’m saying it better for him than he was able to say it for himself.)

        • Gandhi had a low opinion of Africans and also ‘tested’ himself by having young girls in his bed.
          I used to teach a lot of overseas adults and they universally found England welcoming and friendly – too much so sometimes. They did say that back home things were different. Indians seemed to much more class-snobbish than we are (hard to get one to lodge with a working class landlady). Some Africans said their parents would have a fit if they picked a bride from a different tribe – it was just not done.

          • Yes, I have had direct experience of black Africans refusing to work together because they were of different tribes.

            And I have had direct experience of striving, earnest black Africans in tears -in response to the impossibility of having rational discussions with other black Africans about how to make things work properly.

            Well, on this second matter, Russians too.

            And now the skills to make things work properly are fast disappearing across the West -as “making things work properly” is a tool of suppression used by white male supremacists.

          • Chuckle.

            Human?

            Your ignorance is huuuge.

            As is your deference to ungrateful, ignorant and malicious celebrities.

            Yer got me gigglin’ here “Human”.

      • Well, I asked a call-centre Indian woman where she was calling from last week and she replied “Mumbai”. Depends who you ask. Indigenous Indians have usually called it Mumbai. But what the hell does it matter?

        • One thing that does matter is that without the occupation by the British, India would be dominantly Muslim.

          Without the British presence, Islam would have had an easy run.

          The Hindu set-up was hardly up to the task of repelling the Muslims, French, Portuguese, and others.

  5. The stereotype of black people being especially fond of fast-food like KFC is hardly reduced by TV adverts like “Just Eat!” Don’t miss it – it tells viewers more than perhaps it intends.

  6. I was always led to believe that all human life emanated from Africa, in particular the Great Rift valley of Ethiopia and Kenya.

    That being the case, the original farmers, were very likely from the human tribes that we now know as “white people”, even if they were suntanned. They moved away from that place and made their homes elsewhere, where it made sense to grow in bulk and store for a rainy day. i.e. farming.

    Kind of shoots a hole in the whole theory, particularly as the author notes the recent performance in Zimbabwe, along with the ongoing feature that is South Africa.

  7. An excellent article Jane, thank you.
    The numerous idiocies, inherant contradictions, anomalies and illogicalities of both the BBC and these Afrocologists’ are deftly identified, then left to speak for themselves. Sadly their exit from their chosen career will probably happen soon. Perhaps a new career in Comedy awaits them, or trainer collection from their local Footlocker. Mostly likely however they will end their days as senior Democratic politicians, gushing handmaidens, dutifully and lovingly collecting the drool from Joe Biden’s lips during his long yet inspiring President polemics.

  8. They need to wake up from their dreamland myths.
    Someone needs to tell these people, including the BBC nutcase, that all slaves were bought from black Africans who had first enslaved them.
    Then tell them about the Barbary pirates.
    “The number of whites who were enslaved in North Africa by the Barbary pirates exceeded the number of Africans enslaved in the United States and in the American colonies before that put together.”
    Thomas Sowell.
    I’m still waiting for reparation for my ancestors being taken from the British south coast.

    • Why would you wish to confuse either the BBC or the young ladies in question with inconvenient truths and facts? Far better to enjoy what may well become a regular comedy interval on the BBC’s ‘On the Farm’.

    • Let me know if you get reparations. My family claim they are survivors of the 1630 raid on Baltimore, County Cork, where the whole population was taken by Muslim slavers leaving the town empty for 100 years.

      • Perhaps some of their descendants are even now returning to Ireland from Meknes on small boats, courtesy of the the French and Royal Navies, Border Force and the RNLI.