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Unincorporated community sues NC town for racial discrimination

Posted September 11


— A predominantly black unincorporated community is suing an adjacent North Carolina town after a decades-long fight for annexation.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports the 73-household Walnut Tree Community Association and four individuals filed a lawsuit Thursday against the predominantly white town of Walnut Cove, alleging racial discrimination.

K&L Gates Law Firm, which represents the plaintiffs, says the lawsuit is an attempt to accelerate annexation so Walnut Tree community members can participate in town elections and receive the benefits and services available to town residents, including reduced water-sewer service rates.

The town rejected a formal petition for annexation in January. K&L Gates says repeated denials of annexation since the 1970s violate the North Carolina Constitution's Equal Protection Clause.

Town attorney Anne Rowe said she has no comment on the pending litigation.


Information from: Winston-Salem Journal


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  • Teddy Fowler Sep 11, 2:47 p.m.
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    He can find racism under a rock... in the middle of a desert... from 3000 miles away.....

  • Scott Patterson Sep 11, 1:53 p.m.
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    You wouldn't know it if it was starring back at you in the mirror...

  • Scott Patterson Sep 11, 1:33 p.m.
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    Welcome to NC, just look at the comments... #RacistsWhoThinkTheyAreNot

  • Nick Edwards Sep 11, 10:32 a.m.
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    Walnut tree community are clearly the racists.

  • Catherine Edwards Sep 11, 8:14 a.m.
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    Strange that it's usually the other way around. The city wants to annex and the citizens do not. I think that this warrants some investigation.

  • Wayne Hill Sep 11, 8:12 a.m.
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    Walnut Cove is just being prudent, as Walnut Tree has many issues that will create an increased demand for services that Walnut Cove cannot afford. Why does not Walnut Tree make their own town? Hmm, then they would have to tax themselves.