Judge won'' t dismiss discrimination suit by slave descendants

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017|8:28 a.m.

SAVANNAH, Ga.– A federal judge in Georgia is refusing to dismiss a claim that declares racial discrimination is wearing down among the last Gullah-Geechee communities of servant descendants on the Southeast U.S. coast.

U.S. District Court Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. ruled that locals and landowners from the small Hogg Hummock neighborhood on Sapelo Island have provided discrimination claims under the Equal Protection Provision of the Constitution that are “a minimum of plausible.”

Lawyers for the state of Georgia and authorities in McIntosh County asked the court in 2015 to throw out the suit, which claims black residents and landowners on Sapelo Island pay unjust tax rates in return for couple of services, putting pressure on them to leave.

The judge’s ruling Monday dismissed some counts and dropped county tax assessors from the fit.

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