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Among the mob in front of the U.S. Supreme Court last Friday was Clarence Hardy, brandishing a lynched black baby doll hanging from a stick. Was this a really tasteless objection to counting pregnant chads? Thank goodness, no. Wearing a rumpled blue suit and a cowboy hat and waving a “Discrimination of Black Farmers” sign, Hardy was protesting the U.S. government’s failure to meet the settlement agreement arising out of a 1997 class-action suit filed by black farmers. The plaintiffs have a right to pursue their cases individually, which Hardy said he planned to do, but so far he had been denied a court date. So why had Hardy chosen Friday to come down from his home in New Jersey? “It’s hard to get on television,” he explained. —Robin Bingham