CLOSE Asheville City Council met Tuesday to discuss the removal of Confederate monuments and police funding Asheville Citizen Times
The resolution calls on the city to create the Community Reparations Commission, inviting community groups and other local governments to join.
But he said skeptics could look to the "practical reason": data showing showing large disparities between African Americans and other Asheville residents.
Increasing generational wealth — something African Americans were deprived of through economic and regulatory discrimination — should be the focus, he said.
It was also important that Buncombe County's government join, Thomas said, to ensure issues weren't lost between the county and city.