19 African American Families Buy 97 Acres of Land in Georgia to Build Their Own Wakanda | 22 Words

As protests and demonstrations continue across the world as part of the Black Lives Matter movement, 19 African American families have bought almost 100 acres of land in Georgia.

Why? Because they want to set up their own Wakanda, a place where they feel safe.

Keep scrolling to learn more about this incredible story.

Across the world protests and demonstrations have been taking place for Black Lives Matter.

With millions showing their support.

The Black Lives Matter movement has never before been so prominent.

It was reignited on May 25th when George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis.

George Floyd was arrested and forced to the ground...

Where former police officer, Derek Chauvin, proceeded to kneel on his neck, while 3 other officers knelt on his back.

Footage of George's "arrest" quickly circulated on social media...

And, in the highly distressing scenes, he could be heard begging with the officers to release him and repeatedly saying "Please, please... I can't breathe."

After nearly ten minutes, George was completely unresponsive.

An ambulance arrived and took the unconscious man to hospital but, devastatingly, he was pronounced dead upon arrival. He was only forty-six years old.

This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...

But George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.

Millions of people have been taking to the streets in protest...

And they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.

But things have been quick to turn violent.

Protesters became interweaved with rioters and, as they continue to clash with police, the scenes unfolding across our country have been becoming steadily more violent.

It's a truly important time.

And change needs to happen and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.

And amazingly it seems to be working.

Thanks to these riots, the Black Lives Matter movement is dominating global headlines, and it has completely taken over social media.

However, many African Americans still feel unsafe in their communities.

And with so many black people still being persecuted and brutalised, it's easy to see why.

But one estate agent has an answer.

She plans on setting up a community for African American people.

It's a place where they can feel safe.

And the planned cooperative town will be known as Freedom.

19 African American families are involved.

And together they've bought 97 acres of land in rural Georgia where they plan to build their settlement.

It will be their own Wakanda.

Scott explained:
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.

But it isn't only for black people.

Scott has insisted that white people who are pro-black can also apply to live in the settlement.

"I'm hoping that it will be a thriving safe haven for people of color, for black families in particular."

She continued:
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.

They say they're reclaiming the land.

Scott added:
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 want to make a new story."

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.

They were inspired to create Freedom by police brutality.

With the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, Scott and Walters felt the need to search for a new community that they could start on their own.

But it's going to take time.

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

And then they need to apply to become a city.

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.

Building a city can take decades.

But because their story has gone viral and they have so much support, they're hoping they can work at an accelerated pace.

Walters said:

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.

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

And they're not stopping at 97. Eventually they want to double in size!

No injustice!

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.

Would you like to live there?

Somewhere with no injustice sure seems pretty nice right now.