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FILE -- Downtown Asheville, N.C., on Sept. 29, 2016. The city council approved reparations for Black resident on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, that would provide funding to promote homeownership and business opportunities, but stopped short of stipulating direct payments. (Susannah Kay/The New York Times)

FILE -- Downtown Asheville, N.C., on Sept. 29, 2016. The city council approved reparations for Black resident on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, that would provide funding to promote homeownership and business opportunities, but stopped short of stipulating direct payments. (Susannah Kay/The New York Times)