WASHINGTON — Against the backdrop of protests across the country over police shootings of unarmed Black people and racial disparities, some mayors and local officials are proposing ways to examine the impact of slavery and help atone for it, including reparations.
From Providence to Asheville, N.C., local officials have proposed measures to begin to address years of what they call injustices in their communities. The measures range from resolutions to support studying reparations to proposals funneling more funds into programs for Black communities.
“It’s always the right time to do the right thing,” said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, noting the social unrest sparked by the May death of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis who died in police custody. “There is an appetite and an urgency to make the most of this moment and make sure there is real structural change that comes out of it.”