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In the Democratic stronghold of Detroit, Mich., a proposal to create a commission to study reparations won with 80 percent support.

Called “Proposal K,” the measure would establish a panel that would make “recommendations for housing and economic development programs that address historical discrimination against the Black community in Detroit,” according to the resolution’s language.

The overwhelming majority of Detroit constituents are Black, making reparations a particularly relevant issue for the community.

“We had a groundswell of support from different organizations to bring this to fruition. The most important thing is it’s time for reconciliation. It’s time to heal and let’s move the city forward,” Chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus Keith Williams told The Detroit News.

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First introduced over two decades ago, reparations for Black Americans has gained momentum as a cause in recent years, reaching a fever pitch during the racial protests that consumed cities across the country in the wake of George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police officers.

While Black-concentrated Detroit and other localities, such as Evanston, Illinois and Greenbelt, Maryland, have spearheaded reparation programs or studies, Democrats

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