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Segregation is back: 19 black families buy over 90 acres of land to create a safe city for black people

A group of 19 black families purchased almost 97 acres of land in Toomsboro, Georgia, to plant the seeds for a thriving new city. Georgia-based realtor Ashley Scott launched The Freedom Georgia Initiative with her friend — entrepreneur and investor — Renee Walters to spearhead the purchase.

Scott said it was the tragic death of Ahmaud Arbery — a young black man who was killed while out for a jog — that inspired her to seek therapy and eventually establish a community in Georgia where black people can feel safe.

“I sought counseling from a black therapist, and it helped. It helped me to realize that what we as black people are suffering from is racial trauma. We are dealing with systemic racism,”

“Start a city that could be a shining example of being the change you want to see. We wanted to be more involved in creating the lives we really want for our black families, and maybe, just maybe, create some generational wealth for ourselves by investing in the land. Investing in creating a community that is built around our core values and beliefs.”

Scott plans to equip their newly owned land with black farmers, vendors, suppliers and contractors. On Freedom Georgia’s Facebook page, it notes that it “hopes to be an innovative model for self-sufficiency, environmental sustainability, and cooperative economics among BIPOC communities across the African Diaspora globally.”

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