Ashley Scott and Renee Walters decided to start Freedom Georgia to get them to their goal.
“I’m hoping that it will be a thriving safe haven for people of color, for Black families in particular,” Scott said.
“Being able to create a community that is thriving, that is safe, that has agriculture and commercial businesses that are supporting one another and that have dollars circulating in our community, that is our vision.”
Scott and Walters and seventeen other families are now the owners of ninety-seven acres where they plan to put their community outside of Macon, Georgia.
“We both have Black husbands. We both have Black sons. And I was starting to get overwhelmed and have a sense of anxiety when my husband would leave the house to go to work,” said Walters. “So it was like, okay, 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.’”
Well, the town really was not for sale, but for a real estate agent, that was no big deal. She just found a bunch of land around the place to purchase along with friends and family so that they could create their own little exclusive compound, uh, town.
It’s a free country and these women and their families can do what they want, but the nation did not become what it is by being exclusionary. It was only after the exclusions were removed that the USA really soared.
That concept seems to be lost on these people.