St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones (D) creates a reparations commission to address the area’s past racial issues.
“St. Louis joins a growing list of places trying to figure out how to fix past practices that have harmed black Americans. The new commission will hold open monthly meetings. There is no deadline for recommendations,” a The Associated Press (AP) reported Thursday.
Jones recently signed an executive order creating a commission of volunteers whose purpose will be to recommend how repairs should be carried out.
Members of this group will be a civil rights advocate, clergyman, lawyer, academic, public health professional, and youth.
St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones is appointing a reparations commission that will “recommend a proposal to begin to right the wrongs that have been inflicted” by slavery, segregation and racism. https://t.co/onMQPpQSf9
– The Associated Press (@AP) December 8, 2022
However, it was not immediately clear whether money would be given to residents of the area as other cities across the country have done, KSDK News reported Thursday.
Meanwhile, Jones claimed, “The people closest to the problems are the closest to the solution. I look forward to reviewing the work of this commission to chart a course that restores the vitality of black communities in our city after decades of disinvestment. We cannot succeed as a city if one half is allowed to fail.
“I look forward to reviewing the work of this commission to chart a course that restores the vitality of black communities in our city after decades of disinvestment.” https://t.co/g12sYOqi5S
— KSDK News (@ksdknews) December 8, 2022
Once St. Louis elected Jones in 2021, she faced “the dual challenges presented by a declining population and one of the worst murder rates in the country,” Breitbart News reported at the time:
Police statistics show that 262 people were killed in St. Louis last year, five fewer than the record of 267 set in 1993. But as the city’s population has fallen sharply since 1993, the rate of per capita homicides was much higher in 2020.
Tishaura Jones has pledged to bring in more social workers, mental health counselors and addiction counselors. She sees welfare as an alternative to adding uniformed officers while her victory speech focused largely on combating racism and bigotry.
Additionally, California could face $233,000 in reparations for black residents who qualify as descendants of African-American slaves, according to a consultation report for a state panel.
“Beyond slavery, the panel is considering payments to offset various allegedly discriminatory practices, including housing discrimination and ‘mass incarceration,'” Breitbart News reported Sunday.