An Illinois city will be the first in the US to make reparations available to black residents for past discrimination and the effects of slavery.
Evanston’s city council voted 8-1 to distribute $400,000 to eligible black households on Monday, with each qualifying unit receiving US$25,000 for home repairs or property down payments.
The progamme will be funded through donations and revenue from a three per cent tax on the sale of recreational marijuana. The city has pledged to distribute US$10 million over 10 years.
Qualifying residents must either have lived in or been a direct descendant of a Black person who lived in Evanston between 1919 to 1969 and who suffered discrimination in housing because of city ordinances, policies or practices.