Asheville, North Carolina, agrees to steps towards compensation for the black population

Asheville, North Carolina, agrees to steps towards compensation for the black population
In the 1850s and 1860, North Carolina landowners took refuge in local newspapers to make big purchases, including buying people.

An announcement in Asheville News on August 11, 1859, provides a glimpse into what was seen as relevant details of the commodification of human trafficking and slavery.

You read:

“On Friday, corresponding to 26th of this foundation, I will sell ready-to-cash at the court door in Asheville, three very prospective Negroes, a woman and two children; The property is valuable. "

The brief notice, with its haunting code, and "property is precious", is a record of the cruel and inhuman history of slavery throughout the south and specifically in Asheville.

A sin that the city council voted unanimously on Tuesday evening to repent by addressing the issue of compensation for the black population.

In Resolution 7-0, the city's leadership passed a resolution apologizing for the local government's historic role in slavery and participation in the racist and discriminatory policies that led to continued repression of African Americans.

The slave economy and the total subjugation of blacks in Asheville are closely linked to the region's financial success and growth. In 1860, on the brink of civil war, there were 1,907 slaves and 283 slave owners in Buncombe County at a time when the total population was 12,654, according to records compiled by the Buncombe County Public Library System. Only about 111 blacks lived outside slavery.

"Keith Young's board member, one of two black board members and a supporter of the main measure," the bloody capital that we spent today to fight for a big change came mostly not from our allies but from the black men, women and children who died, "said NPR.

The decision also aims to address the latest methodological issues related to isolation and exclusion. She says that African Americans were "unfairly targeted through law enforcement and criminal justice procedures, imprisoned at disproportionate rates and subsequently excluded from full participation in citizenship benefits that include voting, employment, housing, and health care."

Consequently, he directs the city director to develop methods for creating "generational wealth and promoting economic mobility and economic opportunities in the [black] society."

Within the next year, the city council is obligated to convene a committee to study how to achieve equality between the city's black residents on issues including education, public transportation and home ownership.

Rob Thomas, the community liaison officer for the Racial Justice Coalition who led the push for compensation, told NPR that compensation will not necessarily include cash payments but would require a financial investment in a variety of programs.

Thomas said that the decision "asks you to take a look at the facts and say, yes, this happened. ... Many people died. This large sum has been withdrawn from the black community and will equal this day."

"We ask people to do the right thing."

In recent months, protesters across the country have been calling on state and local governments to discuss the compensation issue after George Floyd was killed by the Minneapolis Police on Memorial Day.

But even before that time, the question began about whether municipal leaders had a responsibility to correct past mistakes that had appeared in community meetings. Last November, Evanston, Illinois, created a compensation fund for its black population using cannabis tax revenue.

Aldruman Robin Rowe Simmons told NPR that the first $ 10 million in marijuana taxes will be allocated to the fund.

"We still have the effect of restoring the red line in Jim Crow's law and the black experience in Evanston today. We have a huge and unfortunate gap in wealth, opportunity, education, and even life expectancy," Simmons said in an interview with the Weekend Edition magazine.

She added: "The fact that we have a $ 46,000 gap between the 8092 census machine, the historic Red Line neighborhood that I live in and was born in [and] the regular white family pushed me to pursue a very fundamental solution to the problem that we could not solve - compensation."

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