asheville reparations

Just one month after the protests following the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Asheville City Council approved a resolution calling for reparations for the city's black community.  16 months later, most of the details are still being worked out.

Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

Asheville City Council Tuesday approved $2.1 million for the reparations fund for the city's Black community.  But what the money will be spent on is still unknown, as the 'truth telling' sessions the city is holding to determine what form reparations will take continue throughout June.

BPR's The Waters & Harvey Show held its second live show Wednesday evening.  Our hosts, their panel, and viewers were all posed the same questions as Asheville further delves into reparations for its Black community - What is justice?  And what form of reparations will bring racial justice?

Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

Asheville City Council held its annual retreat earlier this month at Harrah's Cherokee Center Asheville.  The whole event was open to the public, but only after a lawsuit that was filed by five media outlets - Mountain Xpress, Asheville Citizen-Times, Blue Ridge Public Radio, Carolina Public Press, and AVL Watchdog. 

Black Home Ownership And The Promise Of Reparations

Feb 25, 2021
Priscilla Ndiaye Robinson

Priscilla Ndiaye Robinson looked across the empty fields where her Southside neighborhood once thrived. “It’s all gone,” she said. “One thousand two hundred businesses and homes were lost.” 

The neighborhood, where approximately half of Asheville’s Black population lived, suffered major upheaval under Asheville’s urban renewal program in the 1970s and 1980s, one of the largest urban renewal projects in the Southeastern United States.

Reparations, Six Months Later: So Far, Empty Promises

Feb 5, 2021
Juanita Wilson / Buncombe County Special Collections, Pack Memorial Library, Asheville, NC

Six months ago, as part of a reckoning on racial injustice, the City of Asheville and Buncombe County both passed resolutions to consider reparations to the Black community as a way to begin making amends for slavery and generations of systemic discrimination.