The news in Evanston, Illinois earlier this year by becoming the first U.S. city to allow “reparations” in the form of payment to compensate Black Americans for abuses committed by family members. The Chicago suburban City Council voted in March to distribute $ 400K to eligible black homes, with each eligible family receiving up to $ 25K for homeownership yes advancement in grants, as well as mortgage assistance.
But while promoters have not praised the move as yet, it is It is known that the drafters of the proposal were careful to ensure that the word “reparations” was nowhere near. Actually, a tall one Bloomberg piece tells the story of how the proposal’s presentation shows that its supporters are simply hoping to put in new revenue from cannabis legalization to take advantage of Evanston’s historic mistakes.
For starters, only 16 people will be the first to qualify for the money (Only $ 400K was approved and it will be given in addition to $ 25K). And what’s more, instead of receiving cash payments, the money has to go directly to a bank or a contractor to prevent the recipient from incurring a state or federal tax penalty.
In fact, it shows the futility of making ‘reparations’ a reality through a series of local or municipal movements: there are so many boundaries at the federal level that make it unrealistic.
Right now, the money will only be used to help qualified Black residents buy homes, repair them, or keep them. Now, the priority is to provide any Black resident of Evanston from 1919 to 1969, a year after the federal government passed the Fair Housing Act, then anyone of their direct descendants, then anyone who moved to the city afterwards and could show that they faced discrimination.
Even supporters of the reparations say they are underwhelmed.
“We want to pay money. I want reparations like any Black man” And the many questions: How many? They decided to give $ 25,000 – not a lot of money in Evanston, where the average house was sold for much of that amount. $ 400,000 consists of just 16 people to start. That’s a hard number, another analysis of reality. There are other restrictions: Residents will not be able to get the cash directly. The city said they are likely to ask for state and federal taxes. Instead, the money goes to the financial institution that issued a new loan or holds one with or to the closed agent who handles a down payment. It could go to a contractor repairing the recipient’s home or to Cook County to pay property taxes.
At a virtual town meeting held on March 22, Black residents lined up to explain why they supported the program, but did not support calling it “reparations”. – READ MORE
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