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(Ag Sec Tom) Vilsack: Inner City ‘Minority’ Child ‘Doesn’t Even Know What a Tomato Is’
Cybercast News Service ^ | February 21, 2014 - 4:03 PM | Penny Starr

Posted on 02/21/2014 6:05:17 PM PST by Olog-hai

At the USDA’s annual Agricultural Outlook Forum on Thursday during a panel discussion about attracting young people to the farming industry, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asked a panelist how she would convince an inner city “minority” child who “doesn’t even know what a tomato is.”

“Emily, I want you to envision an inner city child,” Vilsack said to Emily Oakley, interim director of the National Young Farmer Coalition. “Could be African American, could be Hispanic, could be Native American, Asian, whatever, a minority. You’re talking to that child. That child doesn’t even know what a tomato is much less what you are talking about,” Vilsack said. “I want you to convince that kid that he ought to think about farming.” …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Food; Society
KEYWORDS: liberalelitism; racistdems; tomvilsack; usda

1 posted on 02/21/2014 6:05:17 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

If he thinks inner city minority kids are going to go BACK to picking tomatoes and what not he’s insane.


2 posted on 02/21/2014 6:06:28 PM PST by Black Agnes
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To: Olog-hai

It be dat red thing dats on your Burger King whopper, once you dive him the EBT SNAP card.


3 posted on 02/21/2014 6:08:42 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Black Agnes

Theoretically, someone could convince their parents to get them involved if it meant being paid copious amounts of money and being able to earn a good living off of it as opposed to surviving off welfare. But you’d sure need a better PR guy than this.


4 posted on 02/21/2014 6:09:36 PM PST by freedom462
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To: Olog-hai

Parents who are so ignorant or so uncaring about children, that they would allow their own children to be this ignorant shouldn’t be enabled by the government to raise children. It’s called abuse and neglect. We, as a society, have to put the children first, not the moochers and looters of the Democratic Party, the government unions and the welfare recipients.


5 posted on 02/21/2014 6:10:24 PM PST by Redmen4ever
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To: Olog-hai

For crying out loud, then take them on a field trip to the produce aisle at the grocery store. You can be sure they all know what a cell phone looks like.


6 posted on 02/21/2014 6:11:12 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Olog-hai

And we are all supposed to interrupt our lives and get excited about some kids who don’t eat tomatoes? To paraphrase the famous French line, “ let them eat broccoli!” The country is being flushed right down the sewer, our liberties and ability to earn our livings are bring deliberately destroyed, our defenses are bring methodically weakened, our allies are bring stabbed I. The back as no nation on earth trusts us anymore — if some kids aren’t getting tomatoes talk to their parents about it, not us! ( ps: tomatoes are the easiest thing for kids to grow , right after marijuana).


7 posted on 02/21/2014 6:12:45 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: Olog-hai
Dem minorities 'n dem?

Tell um ta moob to Colored-ado.


8 posted on 02/21/2014 6:12:48 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Olog-hai

And we are all supposed to interrupt our lives and get excited about some kids who don’t eat tomatoes? To paraphrase the famous French line, “ let them eat broccoli!” The country is being flushed right down the sewer, our liberties and ability to earn our livings are bring deliberately destroyed, our defenses are bring methodically weakened, our allies are bring stabbed I. The back as no nation on earth trusts us anymore — if some kids aren’t getting tomatoes talk to their parents about it, not us! ( ps: tomatoes are the easiest thing for kids to grow , right after marijuana).


9 posted on 02/21/2014 6:12:54 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: freedom462

It’s just that the minority peeps under about 40 where I live have indicated they will NEVER EVER ‘farm’ again.

Under any circumstances whatsoever.

Because slavery.


10 posted on 02/21/2014 6:13:10 PM PST by Black Agnes
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To: faithhopecharity

This appears to be about an imaginary “inner-city” kid that has never heard of a tomato; not from any of the humans around him, somehow. Take note that Vilsack (a Dem) has to “envision” his neo-stereotype rather than go out and actually talk to any inner-city kids . . .


11 posted on 02/21/2014 6:16:05 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

This is the first phase of dividing the land so everyone will have a chance to grow a tomato.


12 posted on 02/21/2014 6:16:52 PM PST by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: Olog-hai

Yo Tommy! They probably don’t care what a tomato is! Get a life moron and knock off the touchy feely BS!


13 posted on 02/21/2014 6:16:57 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (As government expands, liberty contracts. - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: Olog-hai

Hey Tom, tell the kids to Google it on their cell phone.


14 posted on 02/21/2014 6:17:54 PM PST by CMailBag
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To: Olog-hai

EVERYBODY knows what pizza is!


15 posted on 02/21/2014 6:21:13 PM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: Olog-hai

Most politicians won’t dare go to inner city , and if one tried to talk with the street kids there about tomatoes he’d probably just get blown away or knifed anyway . Ps: tomatoes are those red things in double whoppers.


16 posted on 02/21/2014 6:21:16 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: stars & stripes forever
This is the first phase of dividing the land so everyone will have a chance to grow a tomato.

Sigh. The government will probably move in that direction and do it terribly wrong and it will all be horrible.

However -- I do believe that many Americans (not simply inner city kids) could have better lives if they were given the equivalent of "40 acres and a mule". Move to the country. Own land. Grow food. Be a prepper. Be self-sufficient. Maybe join in community projects (kind of like Amish barn raising).

People COULD get out of the rat race.
People COULD get their independence back.
People COULD live healthier lives.

But the government would screw up any such proposal, and certainly inner city people would run away from such opportunities because they would perceive it all as picking cotton, wearing chains, and working for massa on de plantation.

Personally, if I were younger and someone offered me a chance to have a homestead, I'd jump at the chance.

17 posted on 02/21/2014 6:24:28 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Olog-hai

18 posted on 02/21/2014 6:25:06 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Olog-hai

No, but I’ll bet they know what ketchup is for their French fries.


19 posted on 02/21/2014 6:25:20 PM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Olog-hai

Why does he need to farm? He has welfare and food stamps.


20 posted on 02/21/2014 6:28:22 PM PST by Yogafist
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To: faithhopecharity

Well . . . that’s what they helped cause through their left-wing philosophy, so they should be made to face it in person.


21 posted on 02/21/2014 6:36:39 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

When one of my older brothers was on a train going back to base, one of his friends on there was from NYC. This guy asked my brother what a cow was. They were in the country somewhere and there were cows in a pasture. I still find that amazing.


22 posted on 02/21/2014 6:42:17 PM PST by MamaB
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To: Olog-hai

Leftists think minorities are too stupid to survive without them.


23 posted on 02/21/2014 6:44:21 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Olog-hai

what an idiot


24 posted on 02/21/2014 6:56:01 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Olog-hai; Charles Henrickson
Maybe next, Vilsack can teach 'Minority' kids about wildlife ...
25 posted on 02/21/2014 6:59:14 PM PST by mikrofon (Wear the Bear -TM)
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To: MamaB
When one of my older brothers was on a train going back to base, one of his friends on there was from NYC. This guy asked my brother what a cow was. They were in the country somewhere and there were cows in a pasture. I still find that amazing.

Had one I was in the army'69 with ,thought all pigs were pink,

26 posted on 02/21/2014 7:00:19 PM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: Olog-hai
“Could be African American, could be Hispanic, could be Native American, Asian, whatever, a minority. You’re talking to that child. That child doesn’t even know what a tomato is much less what you are talking about,” Vilsack said.

Composed and spoken by a true liberal.

The man assumes that no white kid could possibly be so ignorant. If he's never seen a tomato, it just has to be a minority!

27 posted on 02/21/2014 7:09:12 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Olog-hai; Revolting cat!

You say tomato/tomatoe, I can’t read cursives, sir...


28 posted on 02/21/2014 7:11:39 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: MamaB
This guy asked my brother what a cow was. They were in the country somewhere and there were cows in a pasture. I still find that amazing.

When I was in kindergarten (way back in the 60s), my nun teacher called mother in because I didn't know what a farm was. Mother set her straight because I'd lived on a farm the first 5 years of my life and went back there every weekend during school. It wasn't that I didn't know what one was but that I was bored out of my mind and didn't express the excitement over cows and chickens that Sister did.

As for Vilsack, this little story of his is totally made from whole cloth. A little liar like his boss.

29 posted on 02/21/2014 7:20:56 PM PST by bgill
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To: Olog-hai

Nutsack has been eating them funny mushrooms, methinks........


30 posted on 02/21/2014 7:21:11 PM PST by Viking2002
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To: Olog-hai

probably doesn’t know who the sperm donor was either


31 posted on 02/21/2014 7:24:39 PM PST by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: Olog-hai
I think Vllsack is dead on the money. How would you go about convincing a young guy from the “inner city” to become a farmer? Most of them think tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables and meats comes from a big factory owned by Kroger or Safeway or maybe even Walmart.
Vilsack is talking about minorities because that is what politicians ,especially Democrat politicians do but if you went as far back as the 1930s and 1940s kids from the “inner cities” knew nothing about farms and farming. Of course back then they called the “inner city” the slums.
32 posted on 02/21/2014 7:25:01 PM PST by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: Olog-hai

Attract people to farming? Sure you could teach them to grow tomatoes in a small inner city plot or planter, but buying farm land is out of the reach of most folks. Become a farm laborer? —Right! Share cropper with no experience? — Sure!

Seems like I heard this one before: bulldoze and clear Detroit slums for farming. Whole sections of land could be plowed and used to grow some terrific weed.


33 posted on 02/21/2014 7:38:51 PM PST by DeFault User
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To: Olog-hai

First:

They say, “Trader Joe’s, get the hell out —we want NONE of your honky gentrification...!”

Then:

They say, “Isn’t it horrible urban kids have little contact with fresh food..??!!”


34 posted on 02/21/2014 8:03:25 PM PST by gaijin
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To: gaijin

First:

“The cops oppress us —we want them GONE..!”

Then:

“When there’s trouble, we call the cops and they NEVER COME..!”


35 posted on 02/21/2014 8:10:02 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Olog-hai

Endless weeping and hand-wringing over “minorities.” I wonder how it feels to move to a country and be nothing but a concern, a worry, a problem, a continual challenge to the citizens of that country.


36 posted on 02/21/2014 9:08:17 PM PST by Nea Wood (When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.-Sowell)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I’ve seen some especially lush volunteer tomato plants growing out of sewers and gutters (where the water supply was consistent and plentiful). They ended up getting hacked off because I suppose the ripe fruit made the plant an attractive nuisance (one of these was in a high-traffic area).


37 posted on 02/21/2014 9:15:24 PM PST by thecodont
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To: Olog-hai

I just stumbled across this, but in 2012 USDA offered seed for the “Abraham Lincoln Tomato” in celebration of its 150th anniversary.

http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=lincoln_tomato.html


38 posted on 02/21/2014 9:19:10 PM PST by thecodont
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To: Tupelo

You think a liberal Democrat is “dead on the money” with his obviously-bigoted comments. That’s interesting.


39 posted on 02/21/2014 10:12:59 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

It will never happen, but in the case of children whose parents cannot be bothered to teach them numbers, letters, names of commonplace items like tomatoes, colors, etc., perhaps the best this that could be done would be to take the kiddies away from their parental units and plunk them down into adoptive families who will do a proper job of raising a human. If I could wave a wand, and make that happen...I would...


40 posted on 02/21/2014 10:13:18 PM PST by Nepeta
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To: thecodont

Creepy that they use the name “People’s Garden” . . .


41 posted on 02/21/2014 10:15:50 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: MamaB
When one of my older brothers was on a train going back to base, one of his friends on there was from NYC. This guy asked my brother what a cow was. They were in the country somewhere and there were cows in a pasture. I still find that amazing.

Same thing happened to me back in the 60s when I was stationed at Fort Knox. I was riding into Louisville on a bus with a guy from NYC. As we passed a farm he told me those were the first real cows he had ever seen. When I started giving him a hard time he informed me before the Army he had never left the Bronx and the Bronx Zoo didn't have cows.

42 posted on 02/21/2014 10:29:20 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Nepeta

The situation such kids find themselves in was helped along by the libs in power. In spite of that (and in spite of their need for a traditional family life), I suspect that they know what a tomato is at the very least.


43 posted on 02/21/2014 10:30:55 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

While I think it’s absurd to believe it’s common for children of any color to not recognize common foods, he does make one point....someone who has no experience with a lifestyle is very unlikely to want it for themselves.


44 posted on 02/22/2014 1:01:29 AM PST by Fire_on_High (RIP City of Heroes and Paragon Studios, victim of the Obamaconomy.)
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To: Fire_on_High

Nobody knows unless they try it first.

Sadly, that can apply to evil lifestyles too.

I do not regard ivory tower assessments with any credibility whatsoever.


45 posted on 02/22/2014 1:18:50 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
"Ah noes, Missuh Vilesack!! It be this!

"Tomato!"

46 posted on 02/22/2014 1:24:42 AM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: mikrofon

>>Vilsack can teach ‘Minority’ kids about wildlife ...<<<

He doesn’t need to; their lives are wild enough already.

Wild fights
Wild shooting
Wild crime
Wild parties
Wild ... .


47 posted on 02/22/2014 1:31:06 AM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Black Agnes

I live in a rural area overrun with white New Age Lefties. We have the most organic farms per capita of anywhere in the US. Many of these farms are run as successful small businesses grossing $1.5M+ annually.

The children of these people and the friends of their children refuse to do the farm work. They would all rather work at a fast food joint or a movie theater. Their parents and the other farmers are literally forced to hire Central Americans through the government’s farm labor program.

I have heard the same *never again* from the local children of generational traditional farmers. The town kids bully the farm kids. You can make a young girl cry by telling her she will end up marrying a farmer. They can’t move to a city soon enough.


48 posted on 02/22/2014 6:57:14 AM PST by reformedliberal
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To: Olog-hai

Sounds like another case of “white privelege”.


49 posted on 05/15/2014 11:59:44 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Why is Jon Corzine a free man?)
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