‘Historic’: Asheville passes resolution supporting reparations for black residents

‘Historic’: Asheville passes resolution supporting reparations for black residents
(WLOS)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A resolution supporting reparations for black Asheville residents passed unanimously during a city council meeting Tuesday night, WLOS reported.

Officials said the move recognizes centuries of injustices and working toward righting wrongs.

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“There’s this concept that there is this American dream, that we all have an equal opportunity to generate wealth that brings meanings to the words life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, even though black Americans have been denied that,” Asheville City Councilman Keith Young told our news partner WLOS.

The resolution calls on organizations in Asheville to apologize and make amends with the black community.

It also pushes for generational wealth and is looking to create a Community Reparations Commission, among other steps.

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Young said the community needs to equal in all areas -- health care, education, employment, criminal justice and business ownership.

“As far as being here all my life, the change we are witnessing right now is historic in nature,” Young said.

Young said while removing monuments is necessary, he believes this is an essential first step in the right direction.