North Carolina City Approves Reparations for Black Residents


Reparations were something I briefly heard about growing up in school. It was something that I learned more about after finding what director Spike Lee named his company, “40 Acres and a Mule.” I mean, two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policies, this list goes on. So, it’s only right that something be done in the form of reparations, right?

Yet, as a Black man, I’ll be honest, I never thought I’d see anyone seriously entertain reparations in my lifetime. But one city has done it.

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.