Asheville, N.C. approves reparations for Black residents

The Asheville, North Carolina City Council has taken steps to apologize for slavery and a history of racism in their city. In a 7-0 vote, the Council approved reparations for Black residents.

“It is simply not enough to remove statutes. Black people in this country are dealing with issues that are systemic in nature,” Councilman Keith Young said.

There won’t be direct payments, though.

Instead, money will be invested in areas where Black residents face society gaps.

“The resulting budgetary and programmatic priorities may include but not be limited to increasing minority home ownership and access to other affordable housing, increasing minority business ownership and career opportunities, strategies to grow equity and generational wealth, closing the gaps in health care, education, employment and pay, neighborhood safety and fairness within criminal justice,” the resolution reads.

A new committee will be formed to make sure the money goes toward those initiatives.

“(Slavery) is this institution that serves as the starting point for the building of the strong economic floor for white America, while attempting to keep Blacks subordinate forever to its progress,” said Councilwoman Sheneika Smith.

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