Forsyth County, Georgia: Race and My Community
I currently live in Forsyth County, Georgia. Forsyth is the fastest growing area in
Georgia with the population increasing 70.8% from the year 2000 to 2008 according
to the U.S. Census State and County Quickfacts. Quickfacts also shows that the
percentage of White persons was 91.0%, Blacks 3.7 %, American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.3%, Asians 4.2%, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders 0 % in 2007. As one can tell by
the statistics, there is not a lot of diversity in this county. I didn’t realize the lack of
culture in this area until I began researching, nor did I have a clue about how dark the
past was. Do people in Forsyth look like me? Absolutely. I am a white woman with
blonde hair and green eyes. Although there are many different places of origin for the
residents in Forsyth County, as well as native Atlantans, the race still remains white.
There are reasons for these numbers of statistics in this county. The more I research, the
more troubled I become. In this paper I will reveal the reasons that appear clear to me of
why this community is stripped of diversity in race and education along with many
examples of racism in my community..
Stripped of Diversity in Race
Most of North Georgia historically was occupied by Cherokee Indians. Before
modern day racism, About North Georgia’s website claims that [Forsyth County
contributed to the Cherokee Nation having to give up their land with the “Treaty of
New Echota, approved by the Senate of the United States on May 1836.” Also, In 1938
“members of the Georgia Guard and the U.S. Army began rounding up Cherokee
Indians and moving them to Fort Bluffington”, which is around 50 miles west of
Forsyth.] This was supposedly a holding place for the Cherokee Tribes before the Trail of
Tears. I was aware that mining had been lucrative...