The City Council of the Chicago suburb of Evanston voted 8-1 to pay $400,000 in reparations to American families.
The city council in Evanston, Illinois, voted to approve a plan to pay reparations to black residents for past discrimination and the lasting effects of slavery.
The plan, which may be the first of its kind in the United States, is to distribute $400,000 to eligible families. Eligible families in a city of 73,000 would be eligible for $25,000 for home repairs or a down payment on a property.
Legislator Robin Rue Simmons, who proposed the initiative back in 2019, called the bill’s approval a first step “This alone is not enough. We all know that the path to recovery and justice in the black community is a generation of work. There will be many programs and initiatives and more funding,” she said.