According to reports, Evanston, IL, has become the first U.S. city to offer black residents reparations.
After the city council voted on a historic reparations program that will grant black families $25,000 per, in the form of housing grants.
“We think this is one small step for Black people in Evanston that have suffered through discrimination in so many areas,” said Evanston North Shore Branch NAACP president Dr. Michael Nabors. “But it is a giant step for the entire Black community.”
The program will grant families up to $25,000 for home repairs or down payments. A draft of the resolution reads: “The Program is a step towards revitalizing, preserving, and stabilizing Black/African-American owner-occupied homes in Evanston, increasing homeownership and building the wealth of Black/African-American residents, building intergenerational equity amongst Black/African-American residents, and improving the retention rate of Black/African-American homeowners in the City of Evanston.”
The new reparations program will be funded by the tax revenue generated by Illinois’s recreational marijuana market.