‘Reparations are an insult’: Ex-BLM activist deals San Francisco a brutal reality check

PragerU team member and ex-BLM member Xaviaer DuRousseau wrote a compelling opinion piece on San Francisco insanely proposing reparations of $5 million per black person and the elimination of their personal debt and tax burdens, further bankrupting an already broke California city.

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“The race to gaslight black Americans is beginning to feel like an Olympic sport,” he commented at the New York Post in an article titled, “We are not your victims, liberals: Slavery reparations are an insult.”

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors is all in on the idea of reparations and has “voiced enthusiastic support” for the move after hearing an overwhelming 111 recommendations from the African American Reparations Advisory Committee.

“Let’s be clear about one thing: Even in a liberal safe space like San Francisco, this absurd proposal is never going to come to fruition,” DuRousseau astutely predicted.

“It is wildly unrealistic to think that non-black San Francisco families can withstand the burden of an estimated $600,000 each to support the $5 million proposal alone,” he continued.

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The author was blunt and realistic about leftists trying to profit off the issue.

“This campaign for reparations is led by leftist grifters looking to sell their latest lucrative book about being oppressed and progressives who expect a gold medal for their virtue signaling,” DuRousseau pointed out.

“Other noteworthy recommendations include a guaranteed annual income of $97,000 for 250 years for each of San Francisco’s 50,000 black residents and a home ‘for just $1 a family,'” he added. “Every American — especially Bay Area residents — should be repulsed by the latter recommendation.”

The former BLMer points out that homeless veterans are suffering as well and it’s not just a problem for black San Franciscans.

“California has an estimated homeless veterans population of more than 10,000. You’d be hard-pressed to walk through the Financial District of San Francisco without encountering multiple homeless veterans who are sleeping on the streets,” he noted.

“Slavery ended in 1865 — and was never legal in California! — yet we are overlooking the needs of veterans in 2023 in favor of ‘social justice,'” DuRousseau contended.

He then delved into the subject at hand… the history of slavery and how those living now have never owned slaves.

“No sane individual has downplayed the gruesome nature of slavery, but it is a slippery slope to attempt to compensate citizens for every injustice in our nation’s history,” he wrote. “Black Americans in 2023 were never slaves, and white Americans in 2023 were never slave owners.”

“Distributing reparations to the descendants of slaves may lead to various other communities who have complex, somber histories demanding that people who never themselves inflicted harm be forced to foot the bill,” he sanely highlighted.

DuRousseau went on to discuss the eligibility requirements for reparations and how there are many unanswered questions regarding them.

He surmised that the requirements are far too vague and may benefit those who should not get them.

“Furthermore, this news may leave African immigrants and their descendants ecstatic, as there isn’t a clearly defined way to prove that a black American descended from slaves rather than from blacks living in free, northern states during the slavery era or from voluntary immigration to the United States,” he noted.

“Reparations are expected to ‘right the wrongs’ of systemic racism. We frequently hear the left preach about equity over equality. The commonsense translation of that phrase is to lower the bar for black Americans and shower us in privilege — all while selling us our own oppression,” he remarked.

The author raged against systemic racism and the ridiculous premise of it considering the current status of black Americans in the United States.

“In 2023, we are supposed to believe that our country is still systemically racist, as if affirmative action, university and occupational diversity quotas, a twice-elected black president, a black vice president, and roughly a dozen black/biracial billionaires do not suffice to debunk the narrative,” he stated.

“The cry of systemic racism is exhausted, and the victim cards expired about 60 years ago. Nevertheless, the left continues to manipulate black Americans by keeping us dependent on a system of handouts. It began with welfare, and the left is continuing its predecessors’ work today with the empty promise of reparation proposals,” DuRousseau elaborated.

He wrapped up his excellent analysis on the subject of reparations by doling out a heaping dose of reality.

“The helpless-victim narrative clouding many black Americans’ judgment and perception of reality has hindered our growth as a collective,” the author contended. “Instead of directing our focus toward relevant issues — such as father absence, crime, illiteracy, and staggering abortion rates — we are told these problems are somehow the result of slavery and Jim Crow and, therefore, not our fault and only curable by someone else bailing us out.”

“I pray to see the day that more black Americans will recognize the way we are being gaslighted for political gain. Until then, one thing is certain — these reparation recommendations are a tragicomical representation of how unserious the San Francisco Board of Supervisors are about fixing their drug-ridden city,” he concluded.

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