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Slave descendents fight tax hikes


SERVICES LIKE TRASH PICK UP.>>SLAVE DESCENDANTS ON GEORGIA’S ISLAND HAVE HELD ON TO HAVE THERE ANCESTRAL LAND SINCE THE END OF THE CIVIL WAR. A VISIT TO THE ISLAND REVEAL A HUMBLE LIFESTYLE. TUNNELED SHADE OF A SPRAWLING LIVE OAKS AND CURTAINS OF SPANISH MOSS. BUT THERE IS ALSO A DESPERATION HERE.>>WHAT WERE THE TAX BEFORE?>>2036 TOTAL.>>WHAT DID THEY GO UP TO?>>$10,836.>>REGINALD SAW THE TAXES ON HIS FAMILY’S LAND INCREASE OVERNIGHT MORE THAN 500%. AND HE IS NOT ALONE. THE PROBLEM, NEW COUNTY ASSESSMENTS SPIKED BY DEMAND FOR EXPENSIVE VACATION HOMES ON THIS UNDEVELOPED ISLAND.>>HOW BASIC IS LIFE HERE?>>AS BASIC AS IT GETS SNMPL HE TAKES MOW A TOUR DOWN BUMPY ROADS THROUGH ISLAND’S ONLY RESIDENTIAL AREA. A PLACE SCENERY RICH BUT JOB POOR.>>WHAT ARE YOU GETTING FOR YOUR. AT A MONEY?>>NOTHING.>>THERE ARE NO PAVED ROADS. NO SCHOOLS, AND THE ONLY FERRY TO THE ISLAND DOESN’T RUN AT NIGHT. THAT HASN’T STOPPED OUTSIDERS FROM SETTING OFF AN UPSCALE BUILDING BOOM WITH UNAFFORDABLE TAXES AS THE FALLOUT.>>ONCE WE LOSE THE LAND THROUGH THIS STRATEGY OF INCREASING TAXES, WE’RE GONE AS A PEOPLE.>>THESE RESIDENTS ARE DESCEND YANLTS OF THE HUNDREDS OF SLAVES BROUGHT HERE FROM AFRICA IN THE 1800s. THEY ARE LIVING REMNANTS OF WHAT IS KNOWN, FEWER THAN 50 STILL LIVE HERE.>>THAT’S PART OF WHAT BUILT THIS COUNTRY. AND SAPELO BEING THE ONLY INTACT COMMUNICATE IN THE COUNTRY THAT IS LEFT.>>FOR MOST, SELLING OUT IS NOT AN OPTION. CORNELIA IS NINE GENERATION SAPELO.>>EVERYTHING HAS A PRICE. I SAID YOU DON’T KNOW ME. THIS IS PRICELESS. YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY IT. FORGET IT.>>RESIDENTS. THEY GET NO HELP FROM COUNTY OFFICIALS. TO FINAL OUT WHY, I HAD HOP THE FERRY BACK TO THE MAINLAND WHERE ANSWERS WERE UNUSUALLY HARD TO COME BY. NO COUNTY OFFICIAL WE APPROACH WOULD AGREE TO TALK TO US ON CAMERA OR EVEN RETURN OUR CALL. WE WERE ABLE TO REACH THE HEAD OF A TAX ASSESSOR’S BOARD WHO SAID WHEN IT COMES TO PRESERVING THE CULTURE ON SAPELO AND TAXES, THEY’RE JUST FOLLOWING STATE LAW. TAX ASSESSORS BOARD CHAIRMAN SUGGEST THE RESIDENTS BROUGHT THIS ON THEMSELVES SAYING, IF THEY HADN’T STARTED SELLING THEIR PROPERTY, THERE WOULDN’T BE A PROBLEM. DO YOU BUY THAT?>>NOT AT ALL.>>A GROUP RESIDENTS PLANS TO SUE>>>WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU COME OUT HERE? AT THE ISLANDS HISTORIC CEMETERY, HALL CAN’T HELP BUT GET EMOTIONAL THINKING HOW THE STRUGGLES OF THE PAST COULD BE FORGOTTEN. >>THEY HUMBLED THEMSELVES, MOST OF THE TIMES IN CERTAIN DISGRACE AND WEREN’T ALLOWED TO LIVE. THEY WERE ONLY ALLOWED TO SURVIVE. ♪ ♪ >>Reporter: AND THE FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL CONTINUES WITH HOPES THERE WILL BE FUTURE GENERATIONS CALLING THE ISLAND HOME. ♪ ♪ >>DAVID, YOU MENTIONED THE COUNTY OFFICIAL SUGGESTED THE PROBLEM WITH THE TAXES IS JUST BECAUSE THE RESIDENTS HAD LAND, HE SAID ABSOLUTELY NOT BUT HOW DID OTHERS RESPOND TO THAT QUESTION?>>Reporter: THEY FEEL LIKE THEY ARE CAUGHT IN AN ECONOMIC VICE BECAUSE THERE ARE NO JOBS ON THE ISLAND AND THERE ISN’T MUCH ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY THERE. THE JOB PROSPECTS ON THE MAINLAND ARE LIMITED WHEN THE FERRY RUNS UNTIL 5:30 AT NIGHT. THEY DON’T HAVE MUCH MORE THAN LAND AND NEED HELP FROM THE COUNTY TO HOLD ON IT. WHAT HAPPENS, A LONG-TIME RESIDENT PASSES AWAY AND WILLS THAT PROPERTY ONTO THE LATER GENERATION THAT NO LONGER LIVE THERE AND HAS NO

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25 thoughts on “Slave descendents fight tax hikes

  1. If people want to build nice homes and the taxes go up, you have to either chip in or get out. You should pay, just like everyone else. If your bloodline gives you special privileges, well, thats just nepotism. Whatever your background is, it shouldn't matter if we are seeking egalitarian ideal.

  2. This is a disgrace. How can you do that to people whose ancestors were there first? This is exactly what the white man did to the Native Americans. Always taking what's not theirs

  3. "Whatchy'all got fa free?"~ Black family at restaurant that you know for sure won't tip because you owe them for slavery.

  4. They Own everything even your Land your children your Souls . I wouldn't give them a Dime they take whatever they want. Greed Rich get richer step and smash down the poor. We have Tax Laws that only protect the RICH . ITS OUR choice to pay Taxes Its a Outrage its Inhuman to steal the land from the People

  5. Just another example of the rich greed. The poor get poorer and rich get everything else! How about defending the island from the rich by shooting them and burning down their mansions! Post a sign saying NO developers or rich welcome! I guess Manhattan isn't enough along with many other places. The state and county are just trying to Steal the land from the rightful owners! Isn't that a form of Tyranny?

  6. It's amazing looking at and reading the comments on youtube always reminds me that no matter what, a lot of white people are still so very racist . What did 12 kids and 12 different fathers have to do with this.

  7. This is where The NAACP needs to step up to the plate. However, There's no money in it for them. So they'll just ignore what's whats going on. This Island is Living African American and American History. To turn it into a tourist resort would be another slap in the face to African Americans and our History here in America… WOW… INCREDIBLE…

  8. It is Legal.. I did some research on their problem. What happened was, When they sold land to Outsiders, The Outsiders built Expensive Homes on The Island, thereby Increasing the Property Value. Increased Property Value means Increased County and State Taxes. Who ever were those who sold their Family's/Culture's land to Outside Individuals, They started the end of a Family Legacy. They have to either Pay the Increased Taxes, Or, lose the Island to The County or State… Sad but true…

  9. It's a Catch 22. What's "Bad" is a 500% Tax Increase on the Land/Property because of the Increased Property Value. However, What's "Good" is Their Land/Property value went up 500%… Basically all the Remaining Owners/Ancestors could walk away Millionaires IF they sell their land to Developers… It may be time for them to have a Family Meeting to discuss their Financial Future…

  10. These descendants of The American Slave Trade may be the only descendants of slavery (In AMERICAN HISTORY) who will walk away from the land that once Enslaved them MILLIONAIRES!!! So once again The Descendants of The Sapelo would make National History… WOW!!! INCREDIBLE!!!

  11. Interesting that comments are blaming republicans, tea party, rich etc.. I don't see anyone liberal democrats stepping up for that people either. It's not political enough or divisive enough to warrant attention to them. And btw Amish do pay property taxes and they get higher, and as this island as people develop around them. If they hadn't sold any, this wouldn't have happened. They need to keep their land for the history of it.

  12. 500 % tax hike gtfoh don't let them steal your land fight fight never give up. What a travesty of justice these White people have no CONSCIOUS they are inhuman and the next generation is worse than the next. They need their own ferry….the greed of colonizers and WS is never satisfied their evil know no bounds. We as Black people must help ourselves.

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