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Asheville, NC Approves $2.1 Million to Fund Slavery Reparations

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$2.1 million in reparations for “black residents in a mostly white community” was approved by the city council in Asheville, North Carolina this week. In a unanimous vote, the approval for funding occurred “without debate Wednesday so that it could be finalized before Juneteenth” reports Just the News. Juneteenth refers to the day when the end of slavery is celebrated, short for June 19th.

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer called the vote a “monumental moment” and funding will come from the sale of city property. In December, the city sold a property to White Labs Inc. for roughly $3.7 million. $1.6 million was reallocated for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) in March, with the remaining $2.1 million to go towards the reparations plans in place.

From the sale, $200,000 is to be spent on the planning and community engagement process, with the remaining $1.9 million on “initial reparations.” Just the News reports “Ashville made history in July when it voted to grant reparations for slavery to Black people.”

The U.S. Census Bureau data shows Asheville’s population is 84% white, 11% Black, and 1.7% Asian with roughly 2% identifying as more than one race, and less than 1% are American Indian or Pacific Islanders. According to a 2018 disparity report conducted by the city, Black residents are paid less and own fewer homes than white residents in Asheville.

Encompassed within the July vote, the “council apologized for slavery and segregation and voted to develop a plan and form a commission to provide funding to address racial inequities and disparities.” Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell is overseeing the planning and community engagement.

Campbell plans to launch a speaker series centered around reparations, stating, “we truly want to have a better understanding of what has been the policies that either currently exist or have existed in the past that have impacted the lives, particularly of black people in Asheville.”

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  1. Slideglide

    June 11, 2021 at 9:23 am

    The overwhelming majority of Black Americans are embarressed by this blantant pandering from “systemic” Leftist Democrats.

    Black Americans realize the sacrifices made by all Americans to insure that Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, are guarenteed to every citizen of this great country, by “Our” founding documents.

    Black Americans are now, and have been, part of the “American Soul”, and cannot be lessened by those sewing hate and division.

  2. Lisa Bell

    June 11, 2021 at 9:30 am

    This is pomp and circumstance, if I ever imagined any. Asheville is known as an artist community in it’s flavor. This is typical liberal white washing of a deeper ill that of going back to the past, and bringing it forward into a time, where it’s relevance is more than questionable and a divided nation tries to stand on one toe.

  3. WILLIAM FLYNN

    June 11, 2021 at 9:33 am

    WELL………Here’s the start of “reparations” ! Never heard so much BS in my life !!

    • Sandra Hricik

      June 11, 2021 at 2:46 pm

      You are so correct — IT IS ABSOLUTE BS!
      Our Nation is so messed up due to the current administration.
      Boy, do I miss Trump!!!!!!
      I pray to God every day that he brings America back. Our
      children and grandchildren may never know what America was,
      or the freedoms and liberties those of us grew up with.

  4. Racist Democrats

    June 11, 2021 at 10:06 am

    white racist slave owning democrats wants every white person to pay for their past and present racism

  5. Racist Democrats

    June 11, 2021 at 10:08 am

    When a group of people are given special status, protected by others, told over and over they have been mistreated and are owed something more than other groups they develop a sense of entitlement and invincibility. They accordingly act the part. What you see with crime and the hate crimes are the result.

  6. john

    June 11, 2021 at 10:51 am

    One thing that is never brought up is that there were a black people that were slave owners, you can find this online. One woman even bought her husband as a slave and when she got tired of him, sold him. Slavery was a mistake, but nobody today was a slave here in the USA. It’s also weird that the Democrats push this, when they were the party for slavery and Jim Crow and they refuse to give blacks the choice of getting a school voucher and going to a charter school and getting a better education. What are they afraid of?

  7. Clyde Alexander

    June 11, 2021 at 11:06 am

    How stupid are these people how are they going to decide who is eligible after all just cause a person is black doesn’t necessarily mean their families were involved in slavery or the segregation. But on the better side at least they aren’t using taxpayers dollars to pay for this stupidity

  8. Coasty

    June 11, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    Of course there is going to be less homowners who are black when they only make up 11% of the population of Ashville. Also, if fewer blacks have gone to college, they will not have the higher paying jobs. It would be interesting to know how Ashville came up with these numbers. People today who never participated in owning black slaves paying people who were never slaves is ridiculous. It’s virtue signaling in its lowest form.

  9. John Russo

    June 11, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    Slavery was not what we did. many here are not original to the USA. My grandparents immigrated here long after slavery was abolished. All this is wrong. I have seen many blacks riot and take what they want as they looted saying we owe them. It just never ends. So if you want to do what’s right for everyone take that money and make dam sure every person in need gets aid regardless of color or race.
    I believe we need to have a class action lawsuit against BLM by every person who was attacked by a black person. They injured, robbed and killed many yet our lives don’t matter and companies handed them millions of dollars supporting their hate and crimes. Our lives matter too so we need to get that understood and this laws suit will do that. Companies that support those losers need to be named also for financing their hate and crimes.

    • William Kastrinos

      June 11, 2021 at 2:37 pm

      Sue BLM, sue CNN, MSNBC, all the news outlets pushing for a race war with their lies. Lets get the Cherokee Indians in on this too, one of their casinos could provide reparations for the 3600 slaves they owned. And how about the countries in Africa, they owe too, Blacks hunted down Blacks in the bush to sell them. And the Ivory Coast slave trade, mostly white women sex slaves, the Muslims among other owe reparations. True reparations, for the tiny percent of Black Americans that descended from slavery, if you are removed from your home, you should be returned to your home. Any takers? Ya, didn’t think so. The vast majority of Black Americans migrated to the United States for the incredible opportunity of a better life.

  10. John P.

    June 11, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Those reparations should be paid to the families of the Union Soldiers that died freeing the slaves. They say that freedom is not free. Isn’t it ironic that more white people died to free the slaves than black people. If anyone should be paying these reparations it should be the Democrat Party. They are the party of slavery, the party of the KKK, the party of Jim Crow laws. The Democrat Party destroyed the black family unit and the major cities. They and they alone should be held accountable for paying reparations.

  11. McRant

    June 11, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    Al Sharpton and other ‘black leaders’ have decreed that a fair and equitable reparation to 42 all million blacks in America is $350,000 per person. That’s many trillions of dollars. You open the door to reparations and this will be the outcome. Or CW2.

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‘Tis the Season For Social Justice Messages on NFL Helmets, End Zones and Hats

Football season is upon us, despite liberal leadership’s cancel culture in full force

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Football season is upon us, despite liberal leadership’s cancel culture in full force. Stenciled in the helmets this year, players can choose from six phrases: “End Racism,” “Stop Hate,” “It Takes All of Us,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Inspire Change” and “Say their Stories.”

The end zones will read, for the second straight year, “It Takes All of Us” and “End Racism.” The league is also bringing back the “Say Their Stories” initiative and begin a new one where each team will “highlight its social justice work during a regular-season home game in Weeks 17 and 18.”

“We are committed to Inspire Change and the social justice work that inspires change for the long term,” said Anna Isaacson, NFL’s senior vice president of social responsibility. All of the initiatives “will provide a unified time frame for us to further amplify all of the work that our clubs are doing and that will lead into the playoffs where Inspire Change will continue to take center stage” added Isaacson. “The key message for us as the season is starting, we are ramping up again in a big way with our social justice work.”

End zone stencils will remain in place for all home games except when another specific cause is to be recognized, such as the Salute to Service game. “Salute To Service” will replace “End Racism” in one end zone and “It Takes All of Us” will still remain in the opposite end zone,

Another addition will be a knit hat that can be worn on the sidelines of Weeks 17 and 18 by players, coaches, and other personnel “to add visibility to the cause.” The hat will also be sold at retail, and “100% of the league’s proceeds will be donated to Inspire Change grant recipients.”

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Racist Rock: Boulder Removed from UW-Madison ‘Painful History of Discrimination’

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is spending somewhere between $30,000 and $75,000 for good use; to move a rock. But not just any rock, no, this is a racist rock. “Chamberlin Rock, located on top of Observatory Hill, is named in honor of Thomas Crowder Chamberlin, a geologist and former university president” reports the Wisconsin State Journal.

However, “for some students of color on campus, the rock represents a painful history of discrimination” the article explains. The 70-ton boulder was removed from the “heart of campus” at 6:30 am Friday morning following demands from students over the past year.

The boulder will be moved to university-owned land southeast of Madison near Lake Kegonsa. In its place, the university plans to place a plaque to honor the former university president. Wisconsin State Journal reports:

The boulder was referred to as a “n——-head” — a commonly used expression in the 1920s to describe any large dark rock — at least once in a 1925 Wisconsin State Journal story. University historians have not found any other time that the term was used but said the Ku Klux Klan was active on campus at that time.

UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank approved the removal of Chamberlin Rock in January but the Wisconsin Historical Society needed to sign off on the rock’s removal because it was located within 15 feet of a Native American burial site…

… The Black Student Union led the call to remove the rock last summer. Nalah McWhorter, the group’s president and a UW-Madison senior, said in an interview this summer that the demands to remove the boulder had been around even before she arrived on campus three years ago.

“I’m grateful that we have had the opportunity to do this and that the rock will be removed,” she said. “It was our demand, and it was something that we put all the work in for.”

The Black Student Union worked with Wunk Sheek, an Indigenous student organization on campus, to lobby for the rock’s removal.

“We did all these presentations,” McWhorter said. “We went through all of these meetings during an academic year with a lot of other stuff going on, so the work really relied on us, as students, and as Black students.”

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