Connect with us

News

The city of Chicago becomes the first in the United States to pay reparations to African-Americans.

Published

on

The city of Chicago becomes the first in the United States to pay reparations to African-Americans.
google news
The city of Chicago becomes the first in the United States to pay reparations to African-Americans.

The city of Chicago becomes the first in the United States to pay reparations to African-Americans.

 

On Monday, Evanston, Illinois, became the first city in the United States to offer reparations to its Black residents for past discrimination and the lingering effects of slavery.

The City Council of a Chicago suburb voted 8-1 to distribute $400,000 to eligible black families. Each eligible household would receive $25,000 for home repairs or property down payments.

The program is supported by donations and revenue generated by a 3% tax on recreational marijuana sales. The city has committed to distributing $10 million over a ten-year period.

Residents must have lived in Evanston between 1919 and 1969 and suffered discrimination in housing as a result of city ordinances, policies, or practices, or be a direct descendant of a Black person who lived in Evanston between 1919 and 1969 and suffered discrimination in housing as a result of city ordinances, policies, or practices.

Pro-reparations organizations have offered pro-bono legal assistance if the program is challenged in court, according to Alderman Rue Simmons, who proposed the program that was adopted in 2019.

Simmons explained, “This is set aside for an injured community that happens to be Black, that was injured by the city of Evanston for anti-Black housing policies.”

The City Council acted after dozens of citizens spoke to the body, and the plan was met with some opposition.

Alderman Cicely Fleming, the lone dissenter, said she supports reparations, but what the City Council was debating was a housing plan dubbed reparations. She believes that the people should have a say in how their grievances are resolved. The program, according to Fleming, is paternalistic and assumes that Black people are incapable of managing their own finances.

Hundreds of communities and organizations across the country are considering paying Black people reparations. They include cities such as Amherst, Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island, Asheville, North Carolina, and Iowa City, Iowa; religious denominations such as the Episcopal Church; and prestigious colleges such as Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

The efforts, some of which have been ongoing for years, have gained traction in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May. President Joe Biden has also expressed support for forming a federal commission to research reparations for African-Americans, a measure that has languished in Congress for decades.

google news

Trending