By SCOTT CARROLL, Asheville Watchdog
That’s the phrase Asheville native and longtime resident Priscilla Ndiaye Robinson has coined to describe the disconnect many in the Black community, especially young people, have about their history and culture. In Robinson’s mind, knowledge is power, especially now as a historic Community Reparations Commission works to atone for the government’s role in denying Blacks wealth-building opportunities.
“There is a lack of knowledge of relevant local history,” Robinson said. “Our youth need to learn that history.”
Perhaps no group could be more impacted by the work of the Reparations Commission than Asheville’s Black children and young adults. But a lack of participation by youths is emerging as one of the early challenges to the reparations process.
The 25-member Reparations Commission is decidedly older —