The Bush Foundation funded $50 million to grant descendants of slaves living in Minnesota and the Dakotas over eight years, an effort to help stop the tide of lasting unjustnesses from slavery, Jim Crow laws, red-lining in housing, and police cruelty.
Bush Foundation, Nexus Community To Give $50M To Slave Descendants In Minnesota And Dakotas
The Bush Foundation collaborated with Nexus Community Partners, the St. Paul group administering the program to push forward the first program ever to reverse the long-term economical effects of systemic racism.
The Open Road Fund will disseminate funds of up to $50,000 to 800 descendants of slavery by 2031, according to the Star Tribune. It is anticipated that even at least half of the grants will be given to Minnesota, which has a bigger Black population than either of the Dakotas, the report says.
On June Jun 19, as it celebrates Juneteenth which dated on which enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally received the news they were free, the federal holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, Nexus will start accepting grant applications in a program that is not a reparations measure because it is not extensive sufficiently, officials said.
The program is the first of its kind in Minnesota and one of the first large-scale programs nationwide that tie grants to the descendants of slavery.
The Program Is Part Of The Systemic Racism
The program is part of a growing effort in America to support and address systemic racism. For instance, Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., is giving scholarships to modern-day descendants of the 272 slaves the school sold in 1838. The university also has offered to spend $400,000 a year on school, health, and other community efforts to atone for its slave history.
Lawmakers in California established a task force calling for apologies and financial reparations to descendants of slaves who suffered land theft and other injustices, which would amount to billions of dollars, the report says.
According to Matthew Ramadan, president of the New Africa Community Development Corporation that the Bush-Nexus program would be the first in the Midwest to allocate money to the descendants of slaves.