The city will invest in areas where black residents face differences.
Leaders in Asheville, North Carolina, have taken historic steps to provide compensation through a unanimous vote to repair centuries of racial prejudice.
The Asheville City Council passed a 7-to-0 vote on Tuesday evening, which formally apologized to black residents because of the city’s role in slavery, discriminatory housing, and other racist policies throughout history .
The measure also requires a plan to provide compensation to its black residents in the form of investments in their black communities, such as “increasing minority property ownership”
Keith Young, the first lawmaker to propose a resolution, said in a statement to ABC News that the committee is seeking “embedded system solutions.”
Black Young said in a statement: “This process is the beginning, it is permanent, and it is repeated over and over again.” “There is no completion box to check.”
The resolution signed by Mayor Esther Manheimer requires the establishment of a community compensation committee, which will consist of businesses, local groups and elected officials. The committee will issue detailed recommendations and plan to implement compensation in the short and long term.
Young said in a statement: “As far as the timetable is concerned, we will take some steps to report within six months and the following six months.”
According to the US Census, the population of Asheville is 92,870, of which 83% are white. According to census data, ethnic minorities own approximately 9.7% of the 12,785 businesses in the town.
The committee’s resolution also called on the states and the federal government to develop their own compensation policies.
Young said: “No matter which management agency is in charge or who manages our city, this work will not end and will be adaptable.”