BOSTON (AP) — The town of Boston would acknowledge and apologize for its position within the trans-Atlantic slave commerce, beneath a decision to be formally launched later this week.
The proposal by Metropolis Councilor Tania Fernandes Anderson listed on Wednesday’s council agenda would additionally name for town to decide to repairing slavery’s hurt.
Among the many actions town might take embody eradicating “outstanding anti-Black symbols“ and educating Bostonians on the historical past of the slave commerce, in line with the decision.
Earlier this 12 months, Councilor Julia Mejia proposed making a metropolis fee to weigh reparations and different types of atonement for Boston’s position in slavery and its legacy of inequality. That proposal is presently pending earlier than the council.
Anderson and Mejia didn’t reply to emails and calls searching for remark Monday.
However Rev. Kevin Peterson of the New Democracy Coalition, an advocacy group that’s lengthy pushed for reparations in Boston, mentioned it’s vital town first acknowledge and apologize for its position in slavery earlier than it addresses the query of reparations.
“Solely by providing an apology to Blacks who’ve been harmed can we successfully transfer ahead,” he mentioned in an announcement.
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