For the first time ... an American city pays black-skinned people compensation for historical racism[/rtl]
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Evanston, Illinois, is expected to become the first American city to pay compensation to its black residents.
Authorities in the northern city of Chicago approved in 2019 an unprecedented measure to pay African residents "gaps in opportunity and wealth" that they had suffered as a result of racial discrimination in the city's history.
And the city authorities approved the establishment of a special fund for compensation and pledged to distribute 10 million dollars over the next ten years.
Local officials decided that the first payment of $ 400,000 in compensation will be earmarked to help black citizens affected by racism solve their housing problems.
Under this proposal, $ 25,000 would be paid to every person in the city who proves that he or his brown ancestors lived in Evanston before 1969 and suffered from discriminatory methods by the authorities or banks.
The city’s municipality is expected to vote on this proposal on March 22.
The compensation will come from social donations and a 3% tax levied on cannabis sales for entertainment purposes (this is permitted under local laws).
In turn, a social group expressed its opposition to this plan, stressing on the page "Evanston Rejects Racial Compensation" on "Facebook" that institutions that carry a historical racist character, such as banks and institutions, and different people will benefit from this plan.
This group called on the local authorities to launch a name other than compensation for these financial transfers, and to pay these funds to citizens of African descent directly without bank intermediation.