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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Sh*t Happens Again

It's déjà vu all over again.

I blogged last year about an historic black settlement in Ohio fighting to keep a dairy farm out of the neighborhood. Today comes news of an historic black settlement in California fighting to keep a dairy farm out of the neighborhood.

Basque immigrant Sam Etchegaray had two seemingly perfect swaths for a pair of large dairies: 2,000 rural acres of dusty fields, where thousands of cows would be at home in the No. 1 milk-producing county in the nation.

The only problem is that the pastures were next to a state park that pays tribute to a community founded by a freed slave, raising the ire of environmentalists and blacks who objected to the pollution and stench that would come with the cows.
"I guess they're ready to put manure on top of us," said Nettie Morrison, 72, a resident of the unincorporated community of about 120 families. [Link]

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