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North Carolina county leaders back reparations for Black community in 4-3 vote

Written by on August 5, 2020

The Buncombe County Board hosted a meeting on August 4, to discuss the idea of supporting reparations to Black people for the era of slavery and Jim Crow laws.

During the meeting, board members voted 4 to 3 in support of reparations, passing the resolution.

Commissioner Brownie Newman spoke in support of the resolution, “The civil rights era is not over, will still have a lot of work to do.”

Commissioner Amanda Edwards drafted the resolution and clarified that “It is not a plan to write checks but to invest in programs and services for the communities of color.”

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Another resolution was unanimously approved to declare racism a public health crisis.

According to board members this is a commitment to eliminate racial disparities in education, law, and housing.

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