St. Louis has established a commission to investigate the possibility of paying reparations to the descendants of victims of racist policies. This follows the lead of Rhode Island, California, and Illinois. However, it raises interesting questions in a city of 300,000. In this struggling city, 45 percent of residents are African-American.
Tishaura Jones (the mayor of St. Louis) signed Wednesday an executive order to establish a nine-member volunteer committee to investigate and recommend reparations.
Jones stated that the people closest to the problem are the most likely to find the solution.
“I look forward reviewing the work of this commission to chart a course to restore the vitality of our black communities in our community after decades of disinvestment. We cannot succeed together as a community if one side is allowed to fail.
Tishaura Jones (the mayor of St. Louis) is seen signing an executive order to establish a committee to study reparations
The committee will be made up of nine volunteers. They must all live in St. Louis. At least one member must be a clergyman, one attorney, a civil right advocate, youth activist, and one academic.
The members of the committee must reside in St. Louis. Each member must have a different background with at least one clergyman, attorney, public health professional or civil rights advocate, as well as one youth and one person in academics.
The executive order describes what the committee’s work is as: ‘Establish a community driven commission to assess and explore the history of slavery and segregation in the City of St. Louis; examine the current manifestations of this history; and finally, to recommend a proposal for repairing the harms that have already been inflicted.
President of the Missouri NAACP Nimrod Chapel Jr. said that segregation as well as racism have ‘without any doubt’ hurt blacks in St. Louis, and elsewhere in Missouri.
Chapel stated, “Reparations would only be one way to start, and it is important to consider all options.”
Jones did not specify how much money would be made, and the committee will decide how to distribute it.
“I fully support this.” It is long overdue,” she said shortly before signing off on the order.
Let’s be open. It is time for our people win.
Jones is seen during Jones’s election as mayor in April 2021
Jones is a member in good standing of the Mayors Organizing for Reparations and Equity Coalition. A group of 12 leaders from different citiesEric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles founded.
This group was established to ‘explore best practice and aligned goals around reparations for other mayors across America’.
Esther Manheimer, one of the 12 mayors of Asheville (North Carolina), launched a committee in 2020 to study reparations.
The committee started its work in April of this year. In September, Citizen Times The discussions continued, and were contentious.
The city of Providence, Rhode Island, allocated $10 million to black and indigenous residents last month. However, there has been backlash as some white residents will also have the opportunity to apply.
A man is seen mowing a lawn in front vacant homes in St. Louis. According to the latest census, the once prosperous city is now plagued by crime and urban flight.
The money will not go to the poor, but it will be used to invest in black media organizations, black businesses and in schemes to place people of color in jobs.
Mayor Jorge Elorza, also a member the MORE Coalition, signed the budget into law in December to distribute funds to some of the city’s Native American and black communities. They will be eligible for some of the perks.
The federal funds cannot be used for specific races. However, white residents, who make up half the city’s population, can apply for federal funds as long as they earn less that $50,000 per year, live in certain areas, and have lived in the state for at most three years, according the Washington Post.
California’s nine-member reparations committee recommended that each descendant of slaves be paid a sum for ‘housing discrimination’.
If you take into account all black people who lived in the state from 1933 to 1977, it comes to $223,239 per person.