Reparations: Illinois City to Distribute $25K for Black Residents to Use on Housing

Black Star News, Evanston offers reparations to Black residents, legal recreational marijuana sales, 5th Ward Alderman Robin Rue
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Evanston, Illinois, is on the verge of doing something no other American city has done before: offer Reparations to Black residents, an initiative championed by Alderman Robin Rue Simmons.

This year, the reparations will be distributed in $25,000 increments, funded by a 3 percent tax on legal recreational marijuana sales, ABC News reported.

The money will be used for housing and is meant to counter the "lack of affordability, lack of access to living-wage careers [in the city] and a lack of sense of place," 5th Ward Alderman Robin Rue Simmons told the outlet during a recent episode of Soul of a Nation.

In all, $10 million will be distributed to residents for years of systemic racism they've experienced.

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