San Franciscans line up to support reparations plan to give every black resident $5M, wipe personal debt, provide $97K incomes, homes for $1

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors was presented with a reparations committee proposal aiming for $5 million handouts Tuesday and there was at least one surprising opponent.

The reparations movement has picked up steam across the country as race hustlers like Ibram X. Kendi, Nikole Hannah-Jones and Patrisse Cullors have themselves continued to profit off the social justice cash cow. In the City by the Bay, their plan was heard by the local government for the first time and well-met by decision-makers.

“It is not a matter of whether or not there is a case for reparations for black people here in San Francisco,” Supervisor Shamann Walton said at the hearing. “It is a matter of what reparations will and should look like yet, and still we have to remind everyone why this is so important.”

However, after the board was presented with the 111 recommendations from the city’s African American Reparations Advisory Committee, the San Francisco branch of the NAACP was none too thrilled with the proposal. Branch president Rev. Amos Brown released a statement that read, “We strongly believe that creating and funding programs that can improve the lives of those who have been impacted by racism and discrimination is the best path forward toward equality and justice.”

The organization sought the board’s rejection of the $5 million payout, believing those dollars would be better spent investing in improving the community in education, housing and healthcare. As previously reported, along with the arbitrary sum of $5 million, the committee was recommending a guaranteed income for black residents at $97,000 per year, tax exemption, and the elimination of personal debt among other possibilities.

Supervisor Rafael Mandelman responded to critics at the hearing and said, “Those of my constituents who lost their minds about this proposal, it’s not something we’re doing or we would do for other people. It’s something we would do for our future, for everybody’s collective future.”

San Francisco’s proposal remains independent of California’s own efforts to issue statewide reparations despite, as many critics have noted, the reality that neither government had ever permitted slavery of black people. Some have estimated the plan in San Francisco would cost the city no less than $50 billion when its budget is only $14 billion. Likewise, the New York Post reported the statewide effort could cost as much as $640 billion.

According to Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, non-black families in the city would be left footing a bill for $600,000 a piece.

Tinisch Hollins, vice-chair of the reparations committee made certain to remind the public that the goal is not limited to one city but to repeat this throughout the country.

“I don’t need to impress upon you the fact that we are setting a national precedent here in San Francisco. What we are asking for and what we’re demanding for is a real commitment to what we need to move things forward,” Hollins said.

The board unanimously expressed its support, but the committee has until June to complete their report with finalized recommendations, at which point the legislature will take over.

Kevin Haggerty


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