Judge approves historic settlement for black farmers

Story highlightsFederal judge approves compensation plan to address racial bias"Historical discrimination cannot be undone," judge writesBlack farmers testified that the settlement may not fully resolve problems

Tens of thousands of American farmers who suffered racial discrimination by the U.S. Agriculture Department in the 1980s and '90s may start getting compensation from a $1.25 billion settlement, a federal judge has ruled.

"I'm very pleased that this has resolved itself," U.S. District judge Paul Friedman said Friday. "It will provide relief to an awful lot of people."

In an opinion filed in the case, Friedman deemed fair a proposed settlement that provides a syste