St. Louis, Mo. ( Associated Press) – St. Louis, Missouri, Mayor Tishaura Jones has appointed a commission that will recommend a proposal to begin repairing the damage done by slavery, segregation and racism. ,
As such, the city joins a growing list of places seeking to make amends for past practices that have harmed black people in the United States. The new commission will hold open monthly meetings. There is no time limit for the recommendations.
San Luis is one of the most isolated cities in the country. About half of its 300,000 residents are black, and many of them live in North St. Louis, where crime and poverty rates are high. The median family income for white families in the city is $55,000 a year, compared to $28,000 for black families, and many attribute this to decades of racism.
Jones, a Democrat, signed an executive order Wednesday setting up an all-volunteer commission that will ultimately recommend how the city should make repairs. The nine-member commission will include a civil rights advocate, a clergy member, a lawyer, an academic, a public health professional and a youth.
Nimrod Chappell Jr., president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP, for its initials) in Missouri, said that segregation and racism “undoubtedly” harmed blacks in St. Louis and elsewhere. State.
“Repairs will have to be a way to start, and it’s important to consider all options,” Chappell said.
The White House President Joe Biden has voiced his support for the reparations study for black Americans.
Last year, the Chicago suburb of Evanston became the first city to offer reparations to black residents. The city plans to use the tax money to distribute $10 million from recreational marijuana sales over the next decade. Eligible black families will receive $25,000 for home repairs or a down payment on the property.
In November, George Elorza, the Democratic mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, approved a $10 million budget for the repair program.
In California, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation in 2020 that created a repair task force, and was the first state to move forward with a study and plan.