Rise in Taxes is Threatening to Displace Long Standing Descendants of Enslaved Africans on Sapelo Island
Cultural Genocide and Displacement
Ugh I am close to tears. I was on fb and read on tashabilities jukebox jones page, a piece about a community of descendants of enslaved Africans on Sapelo Island. For those that don’t know its one of the islands off the coast of Georgia. And for those who don’t know rich white people LOOOVVVE these islands for their vacationing, retirement, and luxury homes etc. I was recently on a taxi ride in Savannah, where a driver told me about these secret luxury islands where they go to vacation and retire.
So anyway this group of people has been living there during slavery and since emancipation. It has experienced Spanish, French, and other rule over the span of its history. The last slave owner fled the island during the civil war and the people decided to stay there and make a life. NOW, the citizens of Georgia’s MacIntosh County, are trying to raise their property taxes after a “reappraisal” of the land and price them out. Representatives of the county currently decline interviews and questioning. The people on this island don’t receive city services like trash collection and there is no school. They are fighting this and rightfully so. They have a right to preserve their history, their legacy, and their way of life just like any other human being. But it appears they keep getting shot down in court.
There is no way that they shouldn’t have some type of federal and state protection. As direct descendants of a people forced to endure a horrible legacy, committed by the government and its people, they deserve federal protection and tax benefits. Far into the future and they are still being terrorized by the majority white community, who are likely descendants of those who committed some of the worst atrocities mankind has ever seen. At the very least the community that is targeting them are benefiting directly from the privilege created by these atrocities. All of this time has passed and our land and lives are still being ripped away from us. As soon as someone decides they want it… They can decide to make us pay more than we can afford, disrupt our community, and endanger our lives. This is so sickening and painful to observe. Here are some of the links I read and watched to obtain this information. There is more information and narratives of Geechee life on the facebook page as well.
Here is the facebook page you can join for support and keep abreast of the situation:
Here is a video link of a short documentary that gives a history of the island and what they are fighting for today:
Here is a petition to start with, though of course please do not stop there:
And here is the shared article I read on Jukebox Jones for anyone that is interested:
These are our people and a vital piece of American History and Present no matter who you are…