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True Story: Even the Kinko's Guy Knows About Pigford

Last Friday, when the New York Times came out with its epic Pigford exposé, I took a print version of the paper to my local FedEx Kinko's here in L.A. to copy the front page and the full two-page spread inside.

One of the staffers had to help me, since the pages were too big for the normal machines. He happened to be black. As he fed the pages into the oversize copier, he couldn't help but notice what the article was about.

"Is this that claims thing?" he asked me.

I was surprised he had heard of it. We thought no one had. "Yes," I said.

"It's a scam, isn't it?"

"Yeah," I laughed.

"My friend sent me a form to fill out to get the money, but I never did it," he said.

I was too shocked to answer. We were standing thousands of miles from the rural South, where the original Pigford litigants claimed they had suffered racial discrimination from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Even the Kinko's guy knows about Pigford, but the mainstream media pretended it wasn't a story. For years.

I watched as he fed the pages into the machine, skimming the text, shaking his head. 

Andrew was so right.


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