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Georgia Town Funneling Sewage and Waste to Black Neighborhoods

Georgia town allegedly diverting sewage to black neighborhood
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Rochelle, Ga. made national headlines recently when Wilcox County high school held its first-ever integrated prom last weekend.

Now, nonprofit environmental law organization Earthjustice is targeting the town for another instance of racial discrimination: its sewage treatment.

According to, “White residents of Rochelle live on the south side of the city’s railroad track. African-Americans live on the other side.” The city maintains pipes in the predominantly White neighborhood, but not the African-American side. “As a result,” writes Earthjustice, “untreated sewage backs up and overflows into the streets and the yards of residents on the north side of the tracks.”

“Sewage overflows my pipes and flows under my house. It’s time somebody did something about it. They [the White community] live comfortably and I want to live comfortably, too,” said Rochelle resident Rufus Howard.

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