First City In The US Institutes Reparations
A Chicago suburb on Monday approved a reparations program of housing grants to black residents, creating what has been hailed as the first government-funded slavery reparations program.
The Evanston, Illinois, City Council voted 8-1 to establish a $400,000 housing grant program, according to the Chicago Tribune. The program is targeted at remedying past housing discrimination in the city.
The project comes at a time when Congress is debating whether to create a federal commission on the issue of reparations for slavery.
Evanston has set aside $10 million in revenue from its marijuana sales tax for reparations-linked projects. This was the first to be approved.