Over at the Dish, Conor looks at a new National Review piece on the Pigford case which he feels makes a solid case for potential fraud regarding Pigford. I haven't read the piece so I can't evaluate the case, but Conor is bothered by the fact that conservative bloggers evidently concede that the USDA discriminated against blacks, but are mostly outraged by the alleged fraud:
A word about the bigger picture. There are conservative bloggers expressing outrage that Americans haven't been told more about this story. It's worth pondering that reaction. It's understandable: the misuse of public funds is always a legitimate story, and I hope this one gets reported out if that's what has happened.But the fact that Americans have never heard of the Pigford case before now is most damning because it means we were utterly ignorant of the fact that the federal government was discriminating against thousands of blacks for almost 15 years, and as recently as the late 1990s! That is far more troubling than the possibility that private citizens perpetrated fraud on a poorly conceived settlement (though it doesn't excuse it).
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