BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (FOX Carolina) -- Buncombe County Board hosted a meeting on August 4, to discuss the idea of supporting reparations to black people for the era of slavery and Jim Crow laws.
During the meeting, board members voted 4 to 3 in support of reparations, passing the resolution.
Commissioner Brownie Newman spoke in support of the resolution, "The civil rights era is not over, will still have a lot of work to do.”
Commissioner Amanda Edwards drafted the resolution and clarified that "It is not a plan to write checks but to invest in programs and services for the communities of color."
Another resolution was unanimously approved to declare racism a public health crisis.
According to board members this is a commitment to eliminate racial disparities in education, law, and housing.
The resolution to support reparations can be viewed here.
The resolution to declare racism a public health crisis can be viewed here.
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