Posted on July 16, 2020

Asheville Among Tiny Number of Cities to Back Reparations

Associated Press, July 16, 2020

The western North Carolina city of Asheville has joined a tiny number of American cities that have voted to provide reparations for their histories of racism and discrimination.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Thursday that Asheville joined cities such as Chicago and Evanston, Illinois, which have also passed plans to provide reparations.

Asheville’s City Council voted Tuesday to approve reparations that do not require direct payments but will mandate investments in areas where Black residents face disparities.


“It is simply not enough to remove statutes. {snip}” said Councilman Keith Young {snip}

State governments are also considering reparations. They include Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. {snip}