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Duke University professor William Darity says “the case for reparations are predicated on three phases of American history.”

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ASHEVILLE – The City Council might stop the sale of city-owned land obtained during projects that activists and others say displaced Black communities.

The council could act as soon as Oct. 27 to temporarily halt land obtained during urban renewal projects that started at least 50 years ago, city staff said.

The proposal, which received a 3-0 positive vote Oct. 12 from the council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee, would be a “vital next step” for the city’s recently enacted reparations program, historian and activist Sasha Mitchell said. That landmark program, approved by the council this summer, calls for repairing damage done by systemic racism, including boosting Black home ownership and access to affordable housing.

This photo, taken in 1958, shows an African-American family watching the highway grading. The construction