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- The city of Boston has agreed to create a reparations commission to study and adopt reparation proposals and then send the mayor.
- How can other cities follow suit? How will a reparations commission tackle racial wealth gaps prevalent in cities? In what ways can donors get involved?
- Learn about relational reparations.
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The Boston City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to create a commission that will study and adopt reparation proposals for African Americans, sending the measure to Mayor Michelle Wu.
The panel will research the city’s role and historical ties to the African slave trade and slavery. It will also study the city’s actions to date in addressing the continued impacts of enslavement and make recommendations on how the city can reconcile its past actions, said City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo during the meeting.
“It is past time that our government acts to mitigate past harms and prevent future policies rooted in these inequities,” said City Councilor Brian Worrell during the meeting. “Reparations in my mind is not just a one-time payment... But it’s a more holistic approach to right past wrongs and ensure a brighter future for generations of Black Bostonians.”
Boston joins a growing number of cities and states seeking to provide Black residents reparations to help atone for the country’s history of racism and slavery that has led to the racial wealth gap. Last year, Providence, Rhode Island, joined Evanston, Illinois, in making reparation payments to address the legacies of racism. However, Providence takes a race-neutral approach to the program, allowing some White residents to qualify as well. Some states are also considering reparations, including California, which has created its own task force.
Read the full article about reparations by Danielle McLean at Smart Cities Dive.