St Petersburg to Provide ‘Reparations’ to Black Residents

By Eric Daugherty, Florida's Voice

December 11, 2021 Updated 3:33 PM ET

December 11, 2021 Updated 3:23 P.M. ET

ST PETERSBURG (FCV) – This week, the St. Petersburg City Council approved a measure to create a ‘reparations’ program.

The program would address ‘lingering’ disparate living conditions and experiences between white and black residents.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the reparations are not planned to come in the form of individual payments. Instead, they are expected to come via targeted housing, education, and economic development funding from the city.

The vote came after the council accepted a report claiming “systemic racism” affecting St. Petersburg.

“There’s pain on those pages,” Nikki Gaskin-Capehart, the city’s director of urban affairs, said regarding the report.

Critics of the council’s decision are upset that tax dollars will be redistributed to favor one race over another, despite the fact that “systemic racism” has been nationally illegal for decades.

The language of the decision was left intentionally vague to allow room for more flexible planning.

In the mid-to-late 20th century, Americans of all skin colors achieved total legal equality under the law. It is unclear why white residents, and residents of other races, will have to pay for the evils of people done decades ago.

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