BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Roots Down finds it necessary to acknowledge that our modern-day agricultural system was built on exploitation, slavery, and stolen land. Systemic racism in agriculture is felt in the disproportionate government aid given to white farmers, food apartheid in communities of color, and Black farmers losing ownership of land at double the rate of white farmers. Of the near one billion acres of agricultural land in America, people of color own less than 2%; thus we find it our duty to use our privilege to call attention to these injustices, amplify the voices of Black agrarian workers, and prioritize servicing Black communities.
As a white-owned business operating under an inherently racist, oppressive system, Roots Down recognizes that our work will not be over until we dismantle the very structures that our company currently benefits from. We vow to support the BLM movement in all the ways that we can. We vow to fight for communities over capitalism. We vow to help rebuild an agricultural system that is void of racial inequity. We vow to use our privilege to serve as accomplices to this revolution.
Here are some steps that white and privileged folks can take to aid in the fight for racial justice. You can: redistribute your wealth, buy from Black-owned farms and growers, listen to Black leaders (white voices like ours should not be in the spotlight), volunteer your time and/or services to Black-owned organizations, attend protests, call your representatives to demand that they defund and dismantle police, and educate yourself instead of asking people of color to do the work for you. If you would like to see any other resources added to this list, please reach out to us!
BLACK OWNED FARMS & GROWERS IN GEORGIA