Detroiters who want a say in how reparations are paid to Black residents have until Oct. 10 to apply.
The City Council agrees to requirements for the appointment of a 13-member task force to study how to make up for historic injustices endured by Detroit’s Black population.
Detroit’s Legislative Policy Division offers an outline for how the reparations task force should be constructed to address historic discrimination against Black Detroiters.
Results from a community survey suggest residents who have lived in Detroit six to 10 years should qualify to sit on Detroit’s Reparations Task Force, regardless of their race or ethnicity.
On “American Black Journal” this week, host Stephen Henderson revisits a portion of the show’s latest virtual town hall, hosted in conjunction with BridgeDetroit, centered around reparations and what is owed to Black Americans.
Detroiters have two weeks to help determine the qualifications for incoming reparations task force members. Participants of the first community meeting say they want Black Detroiters to be part of the conversation.
Detroit City Council President Mary Sheffield said community input is not only valued, it’s necessary if the taskforce is to be successful. She is asking that residents participate in a Feb. 24 community meeting to help shape the reparations committee.
Michigan’s Democratic Black Caucus chair, Keith Williams, has been working on Black Michiganders’ rights to reparations for years. He said Detroit’s participation in repairing the harm that was caused will set the tone for the rest of the state.
Despite rising home prices and stabilizing taxable property values, Detroiters who lost homes to tax foreclosure – or who have struggled to pay – say they still want reparations for past overassesments.
Detroit voters approved the creation of a reparations taskforce in November. BridgeDetroit spoke with longtime community development expert and reparations supporter Lauren Hood to learn what the taskforce will mean for Detroiters.