19 Black Families Buy 90-Plus Acres in Georgia to Start Safe Community
More than a dozen black families have come together for a common cause in Georgia – to grab a heap of land to create their own community, which they hope will be a safe haven.
The nearly 97 acres of recently purchased unincorporated land near the town of Toomsboro – about 130 miles south of Atlanta – has now been dubbed Freedom, GA … and the 19 black families who went on the land hope to get there. a city completes one step at a time.
Renee walters and Ashley scott are the two women who started the initiative – now known as the Freedom Georgia Initiative – and they say they did it because they wanted a safe place to raise their families without fear of police brutality or death. other forms of oppression rooted in society. The whole idea is a community of blacks for blacks.
They also note that when the place is up and running – with farming infrastructure, businesses, and possibly homes – they won’t rule out anyone … meaning you don’t have to be black to be a resident. They make it clear though … it will be a pro-black city.
The first phase to start all of this is to clear the land, cultivate it, and then create a man-made lake that they intend to use for sustainable fishing. It is a colossal undertaking and it will likely take years before it is considered viable. Yet they are working on it.
During the Labor Day weekend … Renee, Ashley and co. hosted an event called the Big Black Camp Out, where people flocked from across the country to enjoy the land with tents and RVs in tow. It also served as a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the achievement.
As for what exactly inspired them to do this … Renee and Ashley say that the death of Ahmaud Arbery, George floyd, Breonna Taylor and others – and the protests that erupted as a result – made them realize that they needed their own space for their own people.
Pretty incredible stuff, really. But it’s also a little disheartening considering that this is what some POCs believe they need to do in order to prosper and avoid persecution.
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