Fulton County politicians sign off on a reparations study. Taxpayers will fund a $200,000 study to see if Black citizens should be awarded compensation for what happened to slaves — their ancestors who, of course, were the legal property of white landowners.
FULTON COUNTY, Ga. – One Fulton County commissioner called it an uncomfortable conversation.
The topic: discussed and approved by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners for money to research potential reparations.
The county will work with the Atlanta University Center to examine the slave period in the United States.
The argument put forward by proponents of the reparations concept is that descendants of slaves can and should be compensated for what happened to their ancestors who were forced to work as legalized property for white slave owners.
“It’s so hurtful,” said Bridget Thorne, one of the white commissioners. “This is just going to tear us apart.”
Thorne called it unwise the spend $210,000 right now to fund the examination. The measure got through by a 4-2 vote.
The county is struggling to fund critical needs, like a new jail and medical services for the southern portion of the county.
“So, when is the right time,” countered Khadija Abdur-Rahman, a Black lawmaker, who said yes to the funding.