North Carolina City Approves Reparations For Their Black Residents


In a historic move the city council of Asheville, North Carolina, has apologized for the city's role in slavery and voted unanimously to approve a reparations resolution for Black residents.

Asheville, which is 83% White and 12% Black, formally apologized for the role it played in slavery and implementing racist policies. The resolution, which passed in a 7-0 city council vote, does not mandate direct cash payments to descendants of slaves, or 40 acres and a mule. Instead, the city plans to make investments in areas where Black residents face disparities.

The resolution calls for "forming policy and programs that will establish the creation of generational wealth and address reparations due in the black community," as well as asking the state legislature and federal government to do the same.

The resolution was initiated by City Councilman Keith Young, and he joins CBSN's Tanya Rivero to discuss how the reparations will be paid and if this plan could be adopted on a national level.