Saturday, January 28, 2023

Boston Sopesa Reparations for Slavery and Racism

BOSTON ( Associated Press) – The Boston City Council approved Wednesday to create a commission to study how it can provide redress to black Bostonians for the city’s role in the legacy of slavery and inequality.

The unanimous vote means Boston is joining reparations talks across the country from Providence, Rhode Island to California.

Boston has a troubled racial history. Massachusetts abolished it in 1790, yet supported and financed slavery. Reparations supporters have cited their history of segregated housing and an economy that reduced opportunities for black citizens even after emancipation. The result, he says, is a wide disparity in income between white and black households, which still persists.

“This ordinance is only the beginning of a conversation that is long overdue, but necessary,” said Councilwoman Julia Mejia. “The city of Boston, like many areas of the United States, profited from the labor of enslaved Africans and deprived them by denying them participation in the same opportunities for economic mobility as their white counterparts.”

Lawmakers across the country have urged their states and cities to look into revaluation. Evanston, Illinois, is the first city since last year to allow black residents to receive compensation, and New York officials will try again to create a compensation commission in the state. California has established a commission that will meet to determine what types of repairs can be made and who will be eligible for payment.

In Providence, the mayor has proposed spending $10 million of federal coronavirus funds to finance repairs. They will be used for education, housing, job training, small business development and other programs recommended by the city’s Repair Commission.

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