In December, a reparations task force convened by California Gov. Gavin Newsom concluded that California residents who are the descendants of slaves are owed at least $223,200 in reparations each, or $569 billion total.
Since then, some local black residents have been crying foul.
Take the Rev. Tony Pierce, who voiced his own dissatisfaction with the committee’s recommendation during a public hearing last Friday.
Why the dissatisfaction? Was it because he thought $223,200 was too much to pay out to people who haven’t experienced slavery themselves? Or was it because he thought the money could be better spent elsewhere?
It was in fact neither.
Listen to him below:
“There should be no residency requirements for California! We have to encourage our people to come back to California! What better way to encourage our people to come back to California if we have no requirements?” he began in the clip above.
Apparently, he thinks the reparations should be available to anyone in the country?
“OK, I’m Rev. Tony Pierce. I’m the CEO of Black Wall Street Project. We’re a global organization. We have offices in Canada, Mexico, all over the world. And so, we’re all in this fight with you. But how will reparations be paid? Let me say something real quick. I did a little work with the people …,” he continued before being cut off.
“Your time is up,” one of the committee members said, adding that he could come back the day after.
“I’ll be back,” Pierce responded.
“And $200,000 is not enough! $223,000 is not enough!” he added before scampering away.
Pierce isn’t the only one who’s cried foul. According to Fox News, at a separate hearing last month, Civil Justice Association of California member Marcus Champion called for “direct cash payments, tax-exempt status, free college education, grants for homeownership, business grants, [and] access to low to no business funding and capital” for all black California slave descendants.
Then there’s Max Fennell, a 35-year-old coffee company owner who last month called for every black Californian to receive $350,000 in reparations, in addition to another $250,000 if they own a business.
‘We’re not asking’: Activist demands every black Californian get $350k in reparations since ‘we worked for free’ https://t.co/8Bo9VXtAip pic.twitter.com/NxCZg7HlsO
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 15, 2022
“It’s a debt that’s owed. We worked for free. We’re not asking. We’re telling you,” Fennell said in his own words.
“The tangibles of what I’m asking for is $350,000 per black American in California that’s tangible, small business grant $250,000 and land 15-20 acres,” he added.
Meanwhile, failed California Senate candidate Deon Jenkins “said [last month] that any money designed to counter-act housing discrimination should be in line with the average price of a home in the state, around $800,000,” according to the Daily Mail.
Speaking third, Richmond City Council member Demnlus Johnson III just expressed shock at the idea that reparations are finally being discussed publicly.
“You have to name a problem in order to address it. Of course, we want to see it addressed now, the urgency is now, but just having it all aired out and put on the line is a major feat,” he reportedly said.
Albeit a major feat that most Americans oppose. As previously reported, a University of Massachusetts Amherst/WCVB poll conducted last year found that two-thirds of Americans oppose cash reparations.
“Four hundred years since Africans were forcibly brought to the shores of America, 245 years since the 3/5th Compromise and 156 years since freed African Americans were promised 40 acres and a mule, a majority of Americans express an unwillingness to pay the descendants of slaves for the nation’s original sin,” the director of the poll, Tatishe Nteta, angrily said at the time.
Judging by the response to the demands of Pierce and others, it seems the public still remains wholly against it:
Those who paid the greatest price and suffered the most are no longer here. How entitled does one have to be to believe one deserves anything for what another has suffered?
— Deshrine (@Nissudi) January 28, 2023
The whole thing is a farce. A huge waste of money. Nobody alive was a slave or a slave owner. Democrats have continuously failed their minority constituents for decades. If they dislike their circumstance, it’s time to change parties.
— Erik Nanstiel (@ENanstiel) January 29, 2023
My great great grandfather lost his land when he was put in prison for pologamy. Everyone has a story that justifies a payout. Society cannot every make up for all of the past sins of earlier generations. Statutes limiting damages and even criminal charges by time are wise.
— David R. Hall (@halllabs1955) January 28, 2023
Imo, money is better spent lifting up communities than direct pay. Make a pool, pay off everyone’s debts, then reinvest in the communities to ensure the adults can attain their educational goals and make a livable wage, kids can go to school, & streets are safe. More impactful.
— Juicebox Hero (@RammyGlaikit) January 29, 2023
Handouts of tax payer money should not even be a consideration. This will not solve the problems of racial injustice, rather it will increase crime, drug abuse issues, scamming, and not to mention giving money to those who have not really earned it, nor have experienced slavery.
— R⊕ß Dεη†⊕η – Iηgεηï⊕uš Kηïgh† ⊕ƒ ﾚα Mαηςhα⚔️ (@RobbieVanGogh) January 28, 2023
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