The death of Black American man George Floyd did not only spark a conversation across different parts of the globe but also resulted in protests and revolutionary speeches from activists with its impact felt to the core of government systems.
In a recent move, the Asheville City Council has issued an apology for North Carolina City’s hand in slavery, discrimination, and denial of basic liberties.
Following a voting session which was held on July 14, 7 council members agreed to compensate the victims as well as their descendants with no objection or opposition in regard to this decision.
Although this move has already been criticized by a section of people, Council member Vijay Kapoor defended this resolution basing his argument on moral reasons and additionally citing that it is a step closer to narrowing the gap 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.” he stated
In the wake of taking down statues of prominent people who were linked to racism and forms of discrimination, the council noted that this act is not enough to be counted as justice served considering that the blacks are faced with other issues that deserve to be prioritized.
As indicated in the resolution statement, the compensation will not necessarily be in the form of direct payment but will instead be investments in residential areas of the blacks that experience inequalities.
Following this decision, the city is expected to create a Community Reparations Commission with an assigned role to offer recommendations for the programs with a clear indication of how the resources will be utilized.
Community liaison for the Racial Justice Coalition-Rob Thomas termed this decision as a good gesture expressing hope that the blacks will eventually enjoy the generational wealth that they were previously denied.
As soon as it is created, the community Reparations Commission will team up with community groups and other local governments to support their course.