The Democratic lawmakers of San Francisco, a city that is plagued with homelessness and crime, have proposed that each Black longtime resident be given $5 million and granted total debt forgiveness, prioritizing their woke agenda over the city’s other issues.
This payout was proposed by the San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee, which claimed that these reparations are meant to make up for the “systematic repression” endured for decades by the Black community.
Since California was not a state that practiced slavery, these reparations are meant to “address the public policies explicitly created to subjugate Black people in San Francisco by upholding and expanding the intent and legacy of chattel slavery,” as stated in the draft report of this proposal.
“While neither San Francisco, nor California, formally adopted the institution of chattel slavery, the tenets of segregation, white supremacy and systematic repression and exclusion of Black people were codified through legal and extralegal actions, social codes, and judicial enforcement,” the draft says.
The draft elaborates on the committee’s reasoning behind the proposed amount, saying, “A lump sum payment would compensate the affected population for the decades of harms that they have experienced, and will redress the economic and opportunity losses that Black San Franciscans have endured, collectively, as the result of both intentional decisions and unintended harms perpetuated by City policy.”
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“Black households are more likely to hold costlier, riskier debt, and are more likely to have outstanding student loan debt,” the draft adds. “When this is combined with lower household incomes, it can create an inescapable cycle of debt. Eliminating this debt gives Black households an opportunity to build wealth.”
The proposal also suggests that the city of San Francisco should “issue a formal apology for past harms, and commit to making substantial ongoing, systemic and programmatic investments in Black communities to address historical harms.”
To qualify for this massive payment, Black residents 18 years or older must meet at least two of several requirements, such as having been born in the city or migrated to it between 1940 and 1996 and then lived in it for at least 13 years.
It is unknown how many people could qualify for this but, if the proposal is passed, only 10,000 qualified recipients would cost the already-struggling city at least $50 billion.
The committee plans to submit their proposal to Mayor London Breed, along with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, in June.