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Evanston, Illinois Starts Reparations to Black Residents

The Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois has become the first city in the nation to pay reparations to black residents. To qualify, the residents must have resided in Evanston between 1919 and 1969.

Key Details: The Evanston Local Reparations Committee will pay $10 million to black residents over discrimination and limited access to housing. $25,000 will be given to each of the approximately 140 residents by the end of 2023.


Key Quote: “I see it as like a test run for the whole country,” said Justin Hansford, head of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at Howard University.

For Context: The reparations package was approved in March of 2021, and sixteen qualified residents in Evanston have already received their payments. The payments are provided in vouchers or cash, and are supposed to come from marijuana and realestate transfer taxes.

How the Media Covered it: No left-rated outlets had covered the start of the program as of this writing.

Posted on 12 Jul 2023 16:26 link