I’d Like My Stolen Land Back Pretty Please

 

A local supervisor in Los Angeles County wants to return stolen lands to people of color.

Supervisor Janice Hahn helped a Black family recover beachfront land that was seized from their ancestors by the city of Manhattan Beach in 1924. The property is now worth about $72 million and the city will most likely have to lease it from the family’s descendants.

“I think this is the first time in our nation that a government has given land back to an African American family to make amends for past discrimination and atrocities and policies that were enacted, that really limited African Americans’ ability to own businesses, to own property, to even buy homes in certain neighborhoods,” supervisor Hahn said. She wants this to serve as an example for the rest of the country.

That’s a big proposal!

A Canadian nonprofit launched a Native Land Finder that tells you what indigenous group once lived in which areas. Look at the U.S. and Canada. If the idea is to give the land back to original inhabitants, that would be an entire continent worth of deed-changing!

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