Detroit voters agree Commission to consider remedies | Michigan News

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DETROIT (AP) – The city of Detroit will be setting up a commission to consider some form of reparation for residents.

More than 80% of residents who voted in Tuesday’s general election voted in favor of a proposal to form the commission that will recommend housing and economic development programs for the predominantly black city.

The destruction of historically black neighborhoods in the name of urban renewal and discriminatory lending and rental practices aimed at driving black people away from what were then predominantly white neighborhoods are some of the reasons why repairs are needed in Detroit, according to Anita Belle, president of Detroit. Syndicate of Reparations.

“We don’t need to go back to the 1800s to find things that were done wrong to blacks,” Belle said.

Detroit now joins other American cities considering some form of reimbursement to descendants of African slaves.

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In Boston, a city council civil rights committee heard last month how the city can approach the issue.

The San Francisco board of directors voted earlier this year to appoint an advisory committee on repairs. The Evanston, Illinois city council voted on paying for repairs to eligible black households.

Forming a commission is a start, but action is also needed, said Belle, a grassroots activist from Detroit who founded the Reparations Labor Union in 2013.

She said homes owned by the Detroit Land Bank can be used as repairs for families who have lost their homes to tax foreclosures, and that taxes on recreational marijuana sales could be used to pay for taxes. forms of reparations.

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