North Carolina Vote Approves Reparations

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – In an extraordinary move, the Asheville City Council has apologized for the North Carolina city's historic role in slavery, discrimination and denial of basic liberties to Black residents and voted to provide reparations to them and their descendants.

The 7-0 vote came the night of July 14.

"Hundreds of years of black blood spilled that basically fills the cup we drink from today," said Councilman Keith Young, one of two African American members of the body and the measure's chief proponent.

"It is simply not enough to remove statutes. Black people in this country are dealing with issues that are systemic in nature," Young said.

The unanimously passed resolution does not mandate direct payments. Instead it will make investments in areas where Black residents face disparities.
"The resulting budgetary and programmatic priorities may include but not be limited to increasing minority home ownership and access to other affordable housing, increasing minority business ownership and career opportunities, strategies to grow equity and generational wealth, closing the gaps in health care, education, employment and pay, neighborhood safety and fairness within criminal justice," the resolution reads.


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The resolution calls on the city to create the Community Reparations Commission, inviting community groups and other local governments to join. It will be the commission's job to make concrete recommendations for programs and resources to be used.

Councilwoman Sheneika Smith, who is Black, said the council had gotten emails from those "asking, 'Why should we pay for what happened during slavery?'"

"(Slavery) is this institution that serves as the starting point for the building of the strong economic floor for white America, while attempting to keep Blacks subordinate forever to its progress," said Smith.

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Councilman Vijay Kapoor who has often split with Young and Smith on police and budget issues said he supported the measure for moral reasons. But he said skeptics could look to the "practical reason": data showing showing large disparities between African Americans and other Asheville residents.

"We don't want to be held back by these gaps," Kapoor said. "We want everyone to be successful."

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The council allowed an hour of public comment on the measure. Many who were not able to speak before the vote waited for another hour-long comment period afterward, pushing the meeting late into the night. Most were in support.

Rob Thomas, community liaison for the Racial Justice Coalition which led the push for reparations, thanked the council.

"This is a really, really good gesture as far as the foundation of what we can build. The potential of what can come out of this document is amazing."

Increasing generational wealth — something African Americans were deprived of through economic and regulatory discrimination — should be the focus, he said.

It was also important that the county's government join, Thomas said, to ensure issues weren't lost between the county and city.

The Buncombe County's Board of Commissioners is not clearly behind the reparations measure, though it has a 4-3 Democratic majority.

How bout you get a job, you fuckin slob.

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I’m buying stock in Newport and Hennessy right now. 

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Toiletclogger -

I’m buying stock in Newport and Hennessy right now. 

Popeyes and black & milds.

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So what happens when these new policies (Forced wealth redistribution based on race) fails to lift all black residents up out of poverty?

Because that is exactly what is going to happen. 

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Asheville is a bunch of rich white liberal kids. I'm not surprised. None of them know anything about the black community or what it's like to grow up in one.

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Lol @ no direct payments, just money for areas that need it...

These people want dat money in the bank... gimme gimme gimme..

 Smh...

And this won't be good enough..

 They will still want that check...

Fuck reparations...

 

 

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Subbed for later 

This shit will only get worse if Biden’s pandering ass gets in the White House. 

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Dashabox -

So what happens when these new policies (Forced wealth redistribution based on race) fails to lift all black residents up out of poverty?


Because that is exactly what is going to happen. 

Its still whiteys fault.

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lols

Nitecrawler -

This shit will only get worse if Biden’s pandering ass gets in the White House. 

This.


 


And just as important, the Repubs NEED to take back the House and keep the Senate. 

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Just a quick thought here, why aren't we paying reparations to Native Americans first?  We fucked them over long before a slave showed up on this contenient from Africa.  I've worked on reservations, they are full of alcoholism and sadness.

Where does this stop?  Human greed is the root cause, and everyone is guilty.  

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Please tell me it’s not that simple, anyone lol. There has to be some involvement at the federal level for reparations to actually pass right? Hopefully this isn’t something 6 assholes on a city council can actually pull off? What a joke my family was in Europe when slavery existed I’m not paying shit fuck that. 

Dashabox - 

So what happens when these new policies (Forced wealth redistribution based on race) fails to lift all black residents up out of poverty?


Because that is exactly what is going to happen. 


White people will get blamed, obviously.

Dashabox - 

So what happens when these new policies (Forced wealth redistribution based on race) fails to lift all black residents up out of poverty?


Because that is exactly what is going to happen. 


Oh that's simple - not enough and / or not the right thing was given.

"It'd have worked if you spent more. You sure you're not racist?"

"Why should we trust white people spending money to help black people? It's just more systemic racism."

"If you really wanted to help black people, you'd just give them actual money instead of getting bogged down in beauracratic spending."

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Even though NC is getting more liberal over time, Asheville is where we keep our most retarded, whitest liberals.

sadic1 - Even though NC is getting more liberal over time, Asheville is where we keep our most retarded, whitest liberals.

they're still spreading all over this damn state, though - hence me saying in the "move out of your state" thread how much I want out of here lol

(And Durham...good grief. It's like Portland or Austin lite.)

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Aren't affirmative action and other social programs a form of reparations?  Non deserving college students getting in based on nothing but skin color?

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Jeez.  Now I have to figure out which products are produced in Asheville.  Sierra Nevada brewing comes to mind.  I'll never buy their beer again.