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What Might 40 Acres And A Mule Look Like In 2020 Asheville?

In a unanimous vote on July 14, the Asheville City Council has decided to provide reparations to its Black residents for the city’s role in slavery, discrimination and community disinvestment. The decision is historic, as Asheville is one of the first cities to vote in favor of reparations. 


Host Anita Rao talks to Robert Thomas, Asheville's Racial Justice Coalition Community Liaison, about the city's decision to provide reparations to its Black residents.

Now that the commitment to pay Black Asheville residents has been made, the community is tasked with deciding how the funding will be used. This plan is still very much in development, but it has already been decided that there will be no direct payouts to individual residents. Instead, the goal is to create new infrastructure that will help the city’s Black communities achieve generational wealth and equity. Host Anita Rao talks to Asheville’s Racial Justice Coalition community liaison Robert Thomas about the potential long-term plan.  

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Anita Rao is the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content. She has traveled the country recording interviews for the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps production department, founded and launched a podcast about millennial feminism in the South, and served as the managing editor and regular host of "The State of Things," North Carolina Public Radio's flagship daily, live talk show. Anita was born in a small coal-mining town in Northeast England but spent most of her life growing up in Iowa and has a fond affection for the Midwest.
Stacia Brown comes to WUNC from Washington, DC, where she was a producer for WAMU’s daily news radio program, 1A. She’s the creator and host of two podcasts, The Rise of Charm City and Hope Chest. Her audio projects have been featured on Scene on Radio, a podcast of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University; BBC 4’s Short Cuts; and American Public Radio’s Terrible, Thanks for Asking.