Harry Young, an 81 year old black farmer out of Owensboro Kentucky continues his efforts to reclaim his farm from a reported bogus federal farm auction and, in the process, he has made a boatload of enemies, including a group of white supremacists, who were reportedly meeting on his rented fields several months ago.
When he secured the property with a chain and lock, they reportedly drove a tractor out to the property and yanked the 10-inch diameter gateposts out of the ground. When he went to the local law enforcement agency, a dispatcher told him there was nothing they could do because the road was a "right of way"-notwithstanding the fact that local property records disclaim the fact and show no right of way.
Mr. Young has endured threatening phone calls, vandalism, shots fired at his house and yet he continues to speak out for himself and other middle class family farmers of all races. He has testified at several congressional hearings in Washington and continues to lobby various members of Congress to act.
In the last 2 years his property has been vandalized, vandals have destroyed or stolen protest signs, which ring the frontage of his property. His house has been shot at, and now, someone left a threat on his answering machine that was so terroristic, that the county sheriff has advised him to start packing a pistol when he goes to work in his rented tobacco fields.
Mr. Young inherited his land from his father, who added to the family holdings that his own father, Harry Young's grandfather purchased. All told, Mr. Young is the last black farmer in three Kentucky counties and the loss of his ancestral property through alleged fraud, forgery and misrepresentation has been devastating.
He and others see the sale as an illegal foreclosure and sale, and yet, he can't get anyone to investigate the possible fraud, forgery and document deception which many say are hallmarks of his case. He particularly can't understand why many people, some in government, think he is not accurately representing what happened to him, when the actions which led to his property being foreclosed on mirror the very tactics which have been the hallmark of the mortgage fraud scandal.
Forgery, document manipulation, theft by deception, destroying documents, insider fraud-it's been used in the mortgage game for years. By the government's own account, employees of the Farm Service Agency have been arrested for alleged involvement in similar activities.
What seems to irk the "establishment" and local race baiters and domestic terrorists is the fact that he just won't surrender and give up. And, some are bound and determined to harass him for being "uppity."
The auction of his property happened 2 years ago. The window for him to repurchase the property and his "right of redemption" has long since expired. But, property rights activists all over the nation say it isn't over yet, because this case is reportedly rife with fraud, and there is no statute of limitations on fraud.
The Young property contains millions of dollars worth of coal and oil. The coal reserves alone are reportedly worth as much as $750,000,000. That's three quarter of a billion dollars in coal alone.
At one time, Harry Young was reportedly the only black coal operator in the nation. His price for coal delivered to the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) was reportedly several dollars cheaper a ton than the price of one of the largest coal companies in the nation. Yet, he was allegedly blackballed from selling to TVA, at a time when the company was allegedly seeking "minority coal suppliers." Yes, "seeking minority coal suppliers" when they had one sitting right under their noses.
These kinds of economic suppression tactics targeting black and family farmers continue to take money out of the mouths of farmers whose families have been farming for generations. One of the things which gets the goat of many small family farmers is the so-called tobacco buyout. Reportedly, under this "buyout", there is more tobacco being grown in the state of Kentucky now, than at any other time in history.
The small farmers are being squeezed out of the industry by the so-called buy out, while the larger farmers are reportedly growing massive amounts of the crop. Many small family farmers are at their wits end, because they can't grow tobacco and there are no other legal crops, which approach tobacco as a cash crop. The livelihood which supported generations of small farmers is gone, and mega-farmers are making out like bandits growing the same crop.
Young's outspokenness on part of small farmers and minority farmers is not going over well among the local supremacists, who can't stand the idea of a black land owner, let alone one who won't shut up about injustice-particularly his own. Mr. Young continues to field questions from neighbors and strangers who can't see why the government won't give him a day in court (note: the government claims he's had his day in court--represented by a lawyer he didn't hire, didn't know and didn't ask to represent him, a time honored tactic used to steal land from blacks in the South.)
Several farmers nationwide have asked various federal oversight and auditing authorities to investigate local Farm Service Agency offices. According to a training seminar operated by a fraud inspector with the federal government, several federal statutes apply to most of these fraud cases:
General Criminal statutes are also found in Title 18 of the USC. Some common one that we use are: