County committee to consider reparations

The newly formed board will make recommendations to the commission on how to address systemic racism in Kalamazoo.

The Kalamazoo County Commission on Tuesday voted to set up a group to consider reparations for slavery.

“Reparations” is a catch-all term for the concept of the government atoning for slavery. It’s often used in the financial sense – as in paying the descendants of slaves for what their family members suffered.

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In the case of the county, the reparations committee would be expected to make recommendations to the commission on short-, medium-, and long-term plans for repairing the damage caused by systemic racism.

The resolution creating the committee recommends focusing on equal opportunity in housing, increasing Black-owned businesses in Kalamazoo County, and developing economic opportunities among the Black population.

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