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Old 09-13-2020, 03:57 PM #1
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...aged-move.html

'We can have Wakanda. We just have to build it': Nineteen families buy 97 acres of land in Georgia to create black-only 'safe space' town called Freedom - but whites who are 'pro-African American' can apply to live there

Group of 19 black families bought 97 acres in rural Wilkinson County, Georgia

Goal is to establish a city founded by black families that would be a 'safe haven'
Idea is brainchild of real estate agent Ashley Scott and investor Renee Walters
They initially expressed interest in buying up town of Toomsboro, Georgia
But when the town wasn't for sale, they looked for land nearby in the county
They hope to clear the land for farming and create a man-made lake for fishing
Scott and Walters said whites who are 'pro-black people' are welcome to join

A group of 19 African American families have bought a 97-acre tract of land in rural Georgia which they plan to use to create a city that will serve as a ‘safe space’ for black families.

The planned black cooperative town, which will be known as Freedom, is slated to be built on land purchases in August that sits just east of Macon, Georgia in Wilkinson County.

It is the brainchild of real estate agent Ashley Scott and her friend, Renee Walters, an investor and entrepreneur. The two women are holding fundraisers to help pay for the initiative and describe themselves as a 'a black-owned, woman-owned, family-owned, veteran-managed, limited liability company'.

‘We figured we could try to fix a broken system or we could start fresh. This is how we build our new Black Wall Streets. We can do this. We can have Wakanda. We just have to build it for ourselves,' Scott said. Wakanda is the fictional African city of the Black Panther comic book series.

White people who are 'pro-black people' can also apply to live there. Scott told CNN: 'I'm hoping that it will be a thriving safe haven for people of color, for black families in particular.

'It's impossible to have anything exclusively black because our families are integrated. We are an integrated, tolerant and diverse community even as Black people, so we don't intend for it to be exclusively Black, but we do intend for it to be pro Black in every way.

'So much land was stolen from black people. So much land was stolen from indigenous peoples. So, to be able to come back and reclaim this land from whoever may have had it, because we don't know the story and that's the reality.

'We don't know so many of our stories, but we can make a new story and that's what we hope to do here.'
A group of 19 black families purchased 97 acres of land in Wilkinson County, Georgia, which they plan to turn into a black-founded city called Freedom
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A group of 19 black families purchased 97 acres of land in Wilkinson County, Georgia, which they plan to turn into a black-founded city called Freedom
The planned black cooperative town will serve as a 'safe haven' for African Americans, according to the leaders of the project
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The planned black cooperative town will serve as a 'safe haven' for African Americans, according to the leaders of the project
Renee Walters, an investor and entrepreneur, is one of the two women leading the Freedom Georgia Initiative
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Renee Walters, an investor and entrepreneur, is one of the two women leading the Freedom Georgia Initiative
The land is located in an unincorporated part of Wilkinson County, Georgia, some 120 miles southeast of Atlanta
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The land is located in an unincorporated part of Wilkinson County, Georgia, some 120 miles southeast of Atlanta
Can Freedom become a city?

By law in Georgia, a new city must be at least one square mile in size and have a population of 200 people per square mile.

At least 60 per cent of the area must be used for residential, industrial, commercial, or government purposes.

It would also need to be densely populated; at least 60 percent of the land developed has to be five acres or less in size.

And to have at least six council meetings a year.

The Georgia General Assembly would then need to approve a city charter.

Rusi Patel, legal council with the Georgia Municipal Association, said: 'If it's not viable, they aren't going to pursue it.

'Sometimes folks want new cities because they don't like who is elected currently, and that's not always a great reason, because you can run for office against that person if you don't like who represents you.'

Within the first two years of the charter’s approval, the new city would have to provide at least three municipal services for residents.

Patel added: 'A new city basically has two years to get themselves up and running before that law kicks in.'

The two women were moved by the unrest that was triggered by the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

After the February 23 fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery came to light, Scott and Walters felt the need to search for a new community that they could start on their own.

Scott and Walters now plan to develop the land in stages.

Initially, there are plans to clear the land, farm it, and create a man-made lake for sustainable fishing.

The work is necessary before submitting a request for a city charter.

‘Watching our people protesting in the streets, while it is important, and I want people to stay out in the streets, bringing attention to the injustices of black people,’ Scott said.

‘We needed to create a space and a place where we could be a village, again, a tribe, again. We wanted to create this safe space where we can address our own issues and concerns.’

Scott and Walters began to gauge interest among their friends and relatives in joining the effort to start a black city.

‘We both have black husbands. We both have black sons,’ Walters said.

‘And I was starting to get overwhelmed and have a sense of anxiety when my husband will leave the house to go to work. So, it was like, OK, what can we do?

‘And once I saw the post of Toomsboro going viral, about a town being on sale, I was like, “Oh, this is perfect”.’

Building a new city can take decades, but the planners are hoping to work on an accelerated pace.

‘We thought it would be a five to ten-year process, but with the outpouring of support that we've gotten we can make this happen much faster,’ she says.

‘As soon as we can acquire the land, the people, the bodies we are going to be pushing this.’

Walters (left) and her friend, Ashley Scott (right), came up with the idea amid the racial turmoil gripping the nation following the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery
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Walters (left) and her friend, Ashley Scott (right), came up with the idea amid the racial turmoil gripping the nation following the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery

The history of black cooperatives

Historians note that there is precedent for the creation of all-black cities.

In 1738 38 slaves formed Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose.

In 1899, African Americans founded Hobson City, Alabama, after they were kicked out of neighboring towns.

Former slaves who were freed after the Civil War founded Mound Bayou in the Mississippi Delta.

In 1921 a race riot decimated the economic and cultural mecca known as Black Wall Street in Tulsa.

Professor Jessica Gordon Nembhard said: 'We have a very long history of doing cooperative economics, economic cooperation, creating our own communal towns.

'More recently, we've been establishing community land trust, which actually give official land ownership to the community.

'Almost every society that had enslavement also had marooned societies.

'They set up their own communities ... and start to farm it together, create a town, run the town, work collectively as much as possible and basically have a secluded space that was totally community controlled, and a way to be away from slavery .'

Scott and Walters created the Freedom Georgia Initiative after Walters saw an ad offering the sale of the entire town of Toomsboro - with its 30 properties - for $1.7million. That’s when she phoned Scott.

‘She said, “Ashley, did you see the article about Toomsboro for sale? For the price of a small condo, we could buy a whole town for $1.7 million”,’ Scott said.

‘It is one of the few places where you can buy a whole town with every kind of building including a historic inn, a syrup mill, an opera house, a school house, a railroad depot, a cotton warehouse, a restaurant, a barbershop, a water wheel, a grist mill, a work shop, a filling station, and several houses,’ the ad read.

But upon closer investigation, it became apparent that the town was not for sale.

So Scott used her skills in real estate to look for land in the area.

That’s when she found an empty plot just outside Toomsboro in unincorporated Wilkinson County.

‘It was just such a beautiful piece of land. It was affordable, and it just made sense that we could create something that would be amazing for our families,’ said Scott.

Scott told WGXA-TV that 19 families is just not enough.

The goal is to eventually expand to 200 families. The initiative’s founders say they are not interested in restricting the town to just African Americans.

‘We want especially our black families to come to be pioneers with us,’ says Scott.

‘At the end of the day we aren't about doing reverse racism or reverse redlining,’ says Scott.

‘We just want to have a space, a place where black people and pro-black people can live and breath without the injustices we are facing in our current cities and societies.’
The goal is to expand the initiative to 200 families, which would make it easier to one day obtain a city charter
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The goal is to expand the initiative to 200 families, which would make it easier to one day obtain a city charter
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This sounded interesting but when I got to the part about 'fundraiser' involving Real Estate I began to wonder if the concept was doable or just another scam - thoughts?
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I guess what's good for the goose......Tucker,and Hannity are in the process of buying up most of Montana.....their vision is called Asgar.....hahahaha
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What's wrong with Africa? Last i heard it was still there....
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too hot by far, and still populated by things that creep in & kill/eat you at night. no/little fucking rain in much of continent, like living in Death Valley ...
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possible? sure. likely? gonna take more money. if a deep pocket took an interest, and helped with infrastructure development, it could be done. poor folks aint gonna get it done by themselves though. if not independently wealthy, where will their jobs be? no man (country, race, etc) is an island...okay, Iceland is...
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too hot by far, and still populated by things that creep in & kill/eat you at night. no/little fucking rain in much of continent, like living in Death Valley ...
Except that isn't true at all. It's pretty much a tropical paradise. Full of fertile land and populated by herds of wild animals. Great climate for growing things. There's a reason it's a shithole though and it's not the climate.
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The Congo gets plenty of rain, they grow all kinds of fruits and vegetables. Rwanda is actually doing pretty good these days, read something saying they're becoming the Singapore of Africa. They're neighboring the Congo so probably decent water.

The biggest problem with Africa is the crime, but no worse than the bad black ghettos in America really. Apparently Arjan of Greenhouse Seeds is growing several hectares of weed in the Congo, be nice to see if he can actually breed something new instead of femming American genetics. Lol
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one of the big problems with Africa is that parts are fertile breeding grounds for disease.
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