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First US city to offer reparations to Black residents

CA, 29 Mar 2021
In the Chicago suburb of Evanston, segregation was literally drawn on the map. In the early 1900s as the city’s Black population grew, the city began a racist process called “redlining,” forcing Black residents to live in certain neighbourhoods and discouraging investment to ensure those areas remained poor.

Now, the city’s council recently approved reparations for those directly impacted by “redlining” and their descendants, offering grants of up to US$25,000 to be used for down payments, home improvements or mortgage payments.

As Jackson Proskow reports, it may just be the beginning with discussions on reparations happening across the country.

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