Black Reparations for Slavery

Black Reparations for Slavery

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Y.O.U.R.S Movement started this petition to Tennessee State Represenative District 85 Jesse Chism

On July 16, 2020, Asheville NC became the first city in the south and only the second city in the nation to approve reparations. Asheville city council voted unanimously 7-0. Asheville currently have 12% black and 88% white that resides in the city. Most recently on August 5th, another North Carolina county by the name of Buncombe voted for reparations on a vote 4-3. 

Last year, Evanston City, IL became the first city in the nation to recognize the economic disparities between the white and black communities and voted for reparations. 

This leads to the city of Memphis. There are nearly 65% blacks in the city of Memphis and 29% white. If Asheville, NC residents and city councilmen can push the bill for their city, it behooves the city of Memphis to do the same thing when the city is predominately black. All the cities that are mentioned above have agreed that slavery has caused great pain for our ancestors and is still today that affect our communities.  

Last month, Memphis historically set a record, but not a record to be proud about. In the month of July, Memphis had over 40 homicides. Nearly double from 2017 counting 29 in one month. One reason why I am pushing for reparations is to bridge the wealth gap that we as a people have suffered from for many years. The city of Memphis poverty rate is 27% which ranks Memphis number 2 in the U.S. Although, the median household income for white households are $72,200, but for the black households only $44,350. All these numbers prove that it is not by accident that all of the violence in the streets stem from lack of opportunities, lack of jobs for blacks, lack of education, high incarcerations rates, predatory housing and lack of black businesses that can create generational wealth for the black communities just as it did for whites. I'm asking you and my fellow constituents to make a sacrifice for change. Let's all get on board with Asheville, NC, Buncombe County, NC and Evanston, IL locally to make changes in our communities. Although, federally is the ultimate goal for reparations, we know that we can not get to the ultimate goal unless we attack locally first. Say yes to REPARATIONS! 

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