"Evanston's program, OK'd this week and funded by a tax on recreational marijuana, is the first nationally to frame its program as reparations and direct payments to those impacted by past discriminatory housing policies.
That effort has met with some hesitation. While applauded for recognizing the past harm that was done, there is concern that local initiatives could undermine attempts for a national reckoning, said Olúfémi Táíwò, professor of Africana studies at Cornell University, in a recent campus news article. Táíwò is the author of a forthcoming book entitled “Does the United States Need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission?”
"Local reparations", Táíwò wrote '...risk the fate of affirmative action initiatives dating back to the ‘70s of the last century that began to be rolled back in the early decades of this century.'"
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