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100 Facts On Reparations For Native Black Americans

100 Facts On Reparations For Native Black Americans


91. Florida Sen. Daryl Jones was one of the only state senators ever to secure reparations for African Americans

Former Florida Sen. Daryl Jones was one of the only state senators ever to secure reparations for African Americans. In 1994, Sen. Jones helped get Senate approval for $2.1 million in reparations for survivors of the 1923 Rosewood massacre. The homes, churches and stores were burned in Rosewood by whites looking for a Black man who had allegedly assaulted a married white woman. At least six Black people and two whites were killed.

The claim against the state was based on a lack of action by government officials to protect Rosewood residents’ lives and property. “Our system of justice failed the citizens of Rosewood,” said Jones, a Democrat from Miami who served from 1992 to 2002. “This is your chance to right an atrocious wrong.”

Jones’ son, Derek Jones, built a business to advance the quality of life for people who have been traditionally excluded from economic participation. His company, UnitedCoin, is a Securities And Exchange-registered company and cryptocurrency.


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