Asheville among tiny number of cities to back reparations

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Asheville, NC (Photo: WLOS)

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — 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.

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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.

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

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