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University: Only Blacks Can Hoe Community Garden

The University of California at Berkeley runs a community farm. They grow all sorts of crops – lettuce, tomatoes, carrots. But on Saturdays white residents are not allowed to tend the garden.

That allegation is filed in a new federal complaint alleging racial discrimination filed by the Mountain States Legal Foundation.

The university told The New York Post it is investigating claims that the “Gill Tract Community Farm” in nearby Albany offered its space on Saturday exclusively to “Black, Indigenous, and People of Color,” after a complaint with the US Department of Education.

Berkeley says their garden is focused on ecological farming and food justice. Click here to get a copy of my new book, “Twilight’s Last Gleaming: Can America Be Saved?”

“We envision the return of land to its rightful stewards, practicing rematriation and reparations as modes of collective healing, and community-based land stewardship rooted in the right relationship with poor, Black, Indigenous, unhoused, and landless peoples of the world,” the farm’s website reads.

The manager of the garden defended the rules that provided a “safe and sacred space” for farmers of color.

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“UC-Berkeley thinks that racial segregation is progressive now, but it’s no different than segregation of the past,” general counsel William Trachman told the Post. “Preventing Caucasians from accessing Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources Farm on Saturdays is a clear violation of Title VI, which bars educational institutions from engaging in or allowing race discrimination.”

As The College Fix reported, similar university-run garden programs have also been overrun by the diversity, equity and inclusion crowd.

San Diego State University spent a quarter million dollars to build a racial healing garden – which no one ever used. And the University of Michigan hired a fulltime DEI manager to run its botanical gardens.

Maybe it’s time for taxpayer-funded universities to weed out the diversity, equity and inclusion activists. It seems to me that if black farmers are allowed to hoe a garden, white farmers should be able to hoe as well.

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Should white people be banned from working in the University of California Berkeley community garden?

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