Reparations 2021

A city in North Carolina has put on hold a vote on how to allocate $1 million in community reparations to Black residents.

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer said at this week's council meeting that a majority of the council members asked her to remove the proposed reparations resolution from the agenda.
Postponing the vote, she said, will provide time "to schedule a council work session with the new council, to develop a road map for how to proceed with the implementation of the already adopted reparations resolution."

Asheville, N. C. and its surrounding county Buncombe County passed a historic resolution for reparations of its Black residents.

Does NOT mandate direct payments. Instead, it instructs county staff to prioritize racial equity in the implementation of the Buncombe County Strategic Plan:

 - Taking steps to reduce the opportunity gap in the local public school systems.
 - Increasing Black home ownership, business ownership and other strategies to support upward mobility and build generational wealth
Reducing disparities in health care and the justice system
 - The resolution also commits Buncombe County to participating in Asheville’s Community Reparations Commission, which will determine funding and give other recommendations for investments in education, home ownership, health care and other areas with large racial disparities

A proposal to create a task force to study and make recommendations for the way to give reparations to African Americans passed the California Assembly early June.

The bill passed with a 56-5 vote as protests across the country over police brutality re-energized the movement for racial justice and activists pressed for change. It is a key priority for California’s Legislative Black Caucus.

In the event the bill passes the Senate and is signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, eight people with backgrounds in racial justice reforms would lead research into who would qualify for compensation and exactly how it should be granted.

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a Democrat from San Diego who wrote the bill, said the study would reiterate California’s past of abetting slavery, even as it joined the union as a “free state” in 1850.

Weber, who leads the Legislative Black Caucus, stated “the discriminatory practices of the past echo into the everyday lives of today’s Californians.”

The panel would start meeting by the latest June 2021.

Last June, Congress performed the first hearing on reparations in over a decade regarding a bill to study giving payment to atone for the country’s history of slavery. But the legislation never made it to a vote.

The federal government has provided reparations in the past. After 120,000 Japanese Americans were retained at internment camps during World War 2, the U.S. government apologized and in 1988 paid $20,000 to each surviving victim.

Weber stated, “we seem to recognize that justice requires that those who have been treated unjustly need the means to make themselves whole again.”

Every Black American Should Get a $350K Reparations Check - Founder of BET, Black Billionaire Johnson

Robert Johnson, the billionaire founder of BET, thinks it is time for the U.S. government to pay up for the greatest crime against humanity, the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, by offering reparations to black Americans.

Johnson advocates a massive wealth transfer to pay for the nation’s historic sin.

“Now is the time to go big” Johnson said.

“Wealth transfer is what’s needed,” he argued. “Think about this. Since 200-plus-years or so of slavery, labor taken with no compensation, is a wealth transfer. Denial of access to education, which is a primary driver of accumulation of income and wealth, is a wealth transfer.”

Reparations would be the “affirmative action program of all time” and demonstrate that whites recognize the “damages that are owed” because slavery entailed the “wealth transfer to white Americans away from African Americans,” Johnson said.

Johnson said, “damages is a normal factor in a capitalist society for when you have been deprived for certain rights. If this money goes into pockets like the [coronavirus] stimulus checks ... that money is going to return back to the economy.”

And Johnson doesn't care about “more bureaucratic programs that don’t deliver and don’t perform.” Jonson, said, “I’m talking about cash. We are a society based on wealth. That’s the foundation of capitalism.”



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