The San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee has proposed to give $5 million and forgive debts to long-time black residents in the city, citing a history of “systemic repression.”
The committee’s draft report states that “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.”
To compensate for the “decades of harms” and “economic and opportunity losses” experienced by black residents, the committee recommends a one-time payment of $5 million to each eligible individual.
The report also suggests supplementing the income of African Americans to align with the area median income in San Francisco, currently at $97,000, for a period of 250 years.
Furthermore, the report calls for access to a “ladder” of financial education, catering to all levels of financial knowledge in the community.
Eligibility for reparations would require being identified as Black/African American on public documents for at least 10 years, being 18 years or older, and meeting other criteria proving residence in San Francisco.
“Racial disparities across all metrics have led to a significant racial wealth gap in the City of San Francisco. By elevating income to match AMI, Black people can better afford housing and achieve a better quality of life,” the report says.
Fox News contributor Leo Terrell slammed the San Francisco reparations committee proposition.
“It’s not ever going to get implemented. I’ll be the first lawyer to fight against this,” Terrell said Monday on “Hannity.”
“This is outrageous. It’s unlawful. It’s unconstitutional. It’s racist. But it’s not surprising it came from California on the day of MLK’s birthday,” he added.
“We’re talking about a racist program to benefit individuals who happen to be Black- five million dollars. California was a free state. Who’s going to pay for it? Why should they get $5 million? Because of skin color? It’s insulting.”