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Why Evanston approving reparations for Black residents is so groundbreaking

Evanston, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, is the first U.S. city to make reparations for Black residents due to discrimination and the lingering effects of slavery.

Robin Sue Simmons, alderman of Evanston's 5th Ward, poses for a picture in Evanston, Illinois, on March 16, 2021. - A suburb in Chicago is set to become the first place in the United States to provide reparations to its Black residents, with a plan to distribute $10 million over the next decade. Evanston, home to Northwestern University and just north of Chicago along the shore of Lake Michigan, will have a city council vote March 22 on the issue, which is expected to pass.

Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images

For as long as I could remember, reparations for Black Americans have always been the topic of commentary within the community. It's even the topic of conversations amongst my friends and me when speaking on our life experiences.

Now, it's becoming a reality.

According to the Associated Press, Evanston, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, is the first U.S. city to make reparations for Black residents due to discrimination and the lingering effects of slavery.

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