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 Earthjustice.org, “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.”

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“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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