Evanston, Illinois is first US city pay reparations to black residents

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.