North Carolina Town Council Votes to Pay Reparations to Black Residents

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North Carolina: The Ashville City Council voted 7-0 to pay reparations to Black residents and issued a formal apology “for its participation in and sanctioning of the enslavement of Black people”. City councilman Keith Young, one of two African American members of the body and the measure’s chief proponent, said, “Hundreds of years of Black blood spilled that basically fills the cup we drink from today.” Retribution for the Asheville’s Black population will come in the form of direct funds to programs that are said to increase minority home ownership, business ownership, and improving education and neighborhoods. -GEG

Asheville, a small city in western North Carolina, has voted to pay reparations to Black residents, as the US continues to grapple with stark racial inequality.

The Asheville city council voted 7-0 in favor of issuing what the city considered reparations, issuing a formal apology “for its participation in and sanctioning of the enslavement of Black people”.

“Hundreds of years of Black blood spilled that basically fills the cup we drink from today,” said city councilman Keith Young, one of two African American members of the body and the measure’s chief proponent.

As part of the resolution, city leaders in Asheville have also called on North Carolina and the federal government to provide funding for reparations. The “resulting budgetary and programmatic priorities” will include “strategies to grow equity and generational wealth, closing the gaps in healthcare, education, employment and pay, neighborhood safety, and fairness within criminal justice”.

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

Some supporters of federal legislation to atone for US slavery have called out the city’s measure, however, questioning it being labeled reparations considering they are typically made via direct cash payments to individuals. Instead, retribution for the Asheville’s Black population will come in the form of direct funds to programs designed to increase minority home ownership, business ownership, and improving education and neighborhoods instead.

“Piecemeal reparations taken singly or collectively at those levels of government cannot meet the debt for American racial injustice,” William Darity Jr, a professor of public policy at Duke University in Durham, told the New York Times.

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charger john
charger john
2 years ago

Americans have been paying reparations for over 50 years. Welfare, affirmative action, free health care on and on. So a white that lives in Asheville, who’s family was not in the USA during slavery should have taxes they pay diverted to a racist program that is of zero value for those taxes taken? No American in the USA is or has owned a slave. Unless you are in the global child trafficking business. The only solution is to move away from such a place. Consult new census data for 2020 and evaluate the type of place you wish to live.… Read more »

2 years ago

It sounds racist if you favor anyone over another. No person is any better than anyone else so whatever the reason be it slavery or any other wrong doing in history is just that HISTORY and no amount of money or statue removal will erase it.

2 years ago

I am older and was forced back to work due to high medical bills. I almost fainted as I put up a display. I cried on the way to work and cried on the way home I was in so much pain. How do you think I feel seeing so many on welfare? Mexicans around us are the only ones in Urgent Care because they’re all on Medicaid. I spoke with a young black man on disability who was hurt far less than I and was getting every freebie you can imagine. Now they want to work me to death… Read more »

Rafael Garcia
Rafael Garcia
2 years ago

What if you are half white? Are you only entitled to 50% retribution pay? This is not honoring blacks but causing more insult to injury. This is saying blacks are a failed community of people and they need payment from whites to succeed. So is this a white tax or will all people pay for it? Be a thinking people.

Last edited 2 years ago by Rafael Garcia