The Asheville City Council in North Carolina voted on and successfully passed a repentant measure that formally apologizes to black residents and will issue reparations through the creation of the Community Reparations Commission.
"Hundreds of years of black blood spilled that basically fills the cup we drink from today," said Councilman Keith Young, one of two African American members of the Asheville City Council.
“It is simply not enough to remove statutes. Black people in this country are dealing with issues that are systemic in nature,” he continued.
Here is part of what the resolution states:
Other local government community organizations may also be invited to have representation on the Commission. The task of the Community Reparations Commission is to issue a report in a timely manner for consideration by the City and other participating community groups for incorporation into their respective short and long term priorities and plans. Accountability for achieving equity will be enforced in the appropriate offices. The report and the resulting budgetary and programmatic priorities may include but not be limited to increasing minority homeownership 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.
In a historic move, the Asheville City Council has unanimously approved reparations for Black residents. "It is simply not enough to remove statutes," a councilman said. https://t.co/b2EXJvzLPH
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 15, 2020
On a local level the city council seeks to “establish within the next year, a new commission empowered to make short, medium and long term recommendations that will make significant progress toward repairing the damage caused by public and private systemic Racism.”
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