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Judicial Watch is investigating a race-based, taxpayer-funded reparations program instituted by the City of Evanston, Illinois which allocates $10 million to provide Black/African-American residents or their descendants with a $25,000 reparation payment. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton has described the program, which excludes all other residents or direct descendants of residents, as having “self-evident” moral and legal issues. The program, as he continues, is part of a broader effort on the part of the Left to “destroy this country using the crucible … of racial division.” 

Describing it as an “extremist policy,” Fitton noted that as “a government program that provides taxpayer money to individuals based on race, [reparations], plainly violates the law.” 

 As Fitton further observed, “is one payment enough? How does that fix the legacy of racism if that’s what they’re truly concerned about? The equivalent of a stimulus check? How much money is it? And is it ever going to be enough money?” Regardless of the thinking behind reparations, Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit and asked for records from the City of Evanston to find out more about what appears to be a “racially abusive” program. Read more about our lawsuit on the Evanston City Reparations Program here.

If you’re concerned about the unconstitutionality of race-based reparations programs such as the one instituted by the City of Evanston, read and support our work today. 


Author: Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch, Inc., a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law. Through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards of ethics and morality in our nation’s public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people. Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investigations, and public outreach. Visit Judicial Watch at https://www.judicialwatch.org/