Asheville backs reparations in the form of community investment for Black residents

North Carolina news

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Officials in Asheville have apologized for its historic role in slavery and discrimination and voted to provide reparations.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the unanimous vote was taken by the City Council on Tuesday.

The resolution on reparations does not require direct payments but will mandate investments in areas where Black residents face disparities.

Priorities could include efforts to increase minority home ownership, access to affordable housing and minority business ownership.

The resolution also mentions strategies to close the gaps in health care, education and pay.

The resolution calls for the creation of a Community Reparations Commission to recommend programs and resources to be used.

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