Providence, RI exploring reparations over slavery

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says truth, reconciliation and the reparations process “will bring our city together.”
4:55 | 07/22/20

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Turn out to a dramatic move by the city of Providence, Rhode Island in the middle of nationwide protests over police brutality and racial inequality. That city has committed to truth telling reconciliation. And reparations to its black and native American communities. To discuss what this means that bring in Providence for airport gamblers. Thank you so much for joining us mayor. B and TCU sided declaration last week committing to a three step process that might ultimately lead to the payment of reparations for past wrongs what convinced you that this was necessary and why now. It was the right time to do the right thing and and what committee where convinced it was for is conversations I had with leaders in the black communities. And it was clear from their testimonies. The injury and runs so deep in and we wanna make the most of this moment we're living through right now. And we got an absolute rule we gotta go to the source and that means tackling the troops around slavery and discrimination in our country. And reconciling that with the we believe we are and then doing something about it. So that's totally committed to songs with this process. Us and you said that you're still in the first phase which is truth telling if this does lead to reparations what would that look like and where the money come from. Independence and did what we as we committed ourselves publicly to this process. At some point in the future lowly aide familiar sounds of that committee will be responsible for putting forward some recommendations are well reparations should be what the scale length bush all all is important questions. Dollars and five cents in the answer by another day I believe that this process and bring our city together and threw his arms and under reconciliation process. And it really. History isn't just a thing of the past and history actively seeks the present and it's something that many of our residents are living with. In Delaware we all just human beings have this moral and says that if we confront apparent injustice. We want to do right we want to fix it can be part of the solution. So that our community is going to come together and that makes us the reparations C lists. Whatever it is that we need to do as a community to make things right and then we'll be prepared to that. Alaska company is there are also very well aware that there's no way. Our savior and he said he. Can completely right the wrongs of the past and meet people whole for all the discrimination. And injustice is that they had. Mix all our. But as my goal that we can and take a leadership role and encourage other levels of government. And other institutions private and nonprofit. To also step in any arms solutions while so we're hoping that we all pat and I just bring our community together but and brings them all allies along. Well and you kind of touched on this but you're taking action at the local level do you think that this truth telling and reparations for slavery and other injustices be a national project led by the federal government. And are you hoping that your work wolf will ultimately lead us all there. And I thought is always assumed it should be a federal level. The reality is that if we want to go through the truth talent and reconciliation process there's no more powerful level for those conversations than those. It was that process to happen. The local level so long that Panama is the more convinced that yes he does have to be a national effort but it hasn't won an engages our local communities first and foremost so there's had a very important leadership role that all cities throughout the United States. Can play and that's. And happily and I saw this nation at the local level we can finally bring this issue and at the national level and make sure that we have ceased and the venerable. Step into also being armed solution. Lastly where I've heard people say before you know what I don't feel responsible for the sins of my grandfather what do you say to that person. So I would say. I urge them to be part of this process Calabasas to listen to suit and the voices of the black community. And did what so serious that it. She's three is not something that just happened in the past. And that does not influence the present but instead history is something that now is still living with us and associated press and very real impact it will face. When apple its leaders in the black community have been moved by how deep. The trees run and how deep those injuries still influenced their lives. So asking going to be part of this process until it with an open minded and open bar and an almost unbelievable that it's. You know we're confronted with just past injustice against a member of our community. Yeah we're going to be moved to want to do something about it. So we want to engage many people as possible and I trust that inherent human spirit and bring people into not only want to have this conversation. It uses to grow and to use it right the wrongs of the past mayor lowers thank you so much for your time. I put.

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