Reparation for the black community is becoming a movement of its own. The kind of rage that George Floyd’s killing has brought forth has led to many changes.
From the banning of the chokeholds by police officers to the movement of defunding the police– America is seeing reformation.
Another kind of reform is the reparation for the black community that has now been long overdue.
The reparations are not an entirely new concept or idea. It has actually been around for a long time and America has given reparations before.
But now, Asheville city of North Carolina might actually follow through the reparations.
The resolution supporting reparations for black community
The Asheville City Council of western North Carolina will vote next week on the resolution supporting community reparations.
The resolutions states, “Black people have been unjustly enslaved.” As per the resolution, the City of Asheville apologises and makes amends for following-
One, “for its participation in and sanctioning of the enslavement of black people”
Two, “for its enforcement of segregation and its accompanying discriminatory practices”, and,
Three, “for carrying out an urban renewal program that destroyed multiple, successful black communities.”
The resolution proposes to establish a Community Reparations Commission for the benefit of black residents of Asheville.
Reparations have been long overdue
Again, the reparations are not a new concept but a just promise still not fulfilled. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee sponsored a bill in the Congress more than a year ago- H.R. 40.
This bill proposes a Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for the African-Americans Act. This bill would not ensure reparations but promise to consider it.
The 40 mentioned in the bill refers to the forty acres of land promised to the former slaves in 1865 by U.S. Army General William Sherman.
Under his order, the freed black families were to receive 40 acres of land each and a mule.
But 17th American President, Andrew Johnson overturned the offer. He issued a new order to return those lands to their former owners.
Following this, only 40,000 of the 4 million freedmen who had settled before this new order ever received the promised lands. Rest of the former slaves were left to fetch for themselves, with almost no capital.