The Building of a Safe City Initiated by 19 Black Families Starts with 97 Acres of Land Purchase in Georgia

19 black families have drawn public attention by purchasing land in Toomsboro, Georgia. They plan to build a safe city in that 96.71 acres of land. The Freedom Georgia Initiative was started by Ashley Scott, a realtor from Georgia, and others who supported the idea. Ashley said that the idea was born after Ahmaud Arbery was murdered by some white men while jogging.

From her counseling sessions, Ashley realized that she was suffering from racial trauma stemming from systemic racism. She was drawn to the realization that black people have to do more than street protests. So they formed a union with Renee Walters, who is an investor and entrepreneur towards the cause.

Rayshard Brooks was murdered with Erica Shields as chief of police, and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is in charge of Atlanta, with both being black women. They discussed building new Black Wall Streets and black cities in Facebook groups with like-minded people.

Scott thinks that starting afresh by building a community that embodies the values they believe in as black people could be fruitful. They want to build eco-friendly buildings and their own system of food supply from black farmers while providing a place for black entrepreneurs to thrive. Many people were devastated that such drastic measures were necessitated by systemic racism.

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