San Francisco reparations committee proposes $5 million to each Black person
If you’re Black and you have an ancestor who was enslaved before 1865, this might be a good time to head to San Francisco.
The city’s reparations committee has recommended giving each Black person who meets the criteria a lump-sum payment of $5 million, along with a bonanza of financial benefits that includes a guaranteed income of $97,000 for at least 250 years and paying off all educational and personal debts.
“Through a tailored plan, San Francisco can redress the public policies explicitly created to subjugate Black people in San Francisco by upholding and expanding the intent and legacy of chattel slavery, whose vestiges continue to have impacts today,” said the San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee in a December 2022 report that hit Bay Area news outlets over the weekend.
The recommendations, which were submitted to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, come with a state task force also weighing reparations proposals for Black people, particularly descendants of those enslaved in the United States prior to the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.
The San Francisco panel acknowledged that neither the city nor the state “formally adopted the institution of chattel slavery,” which was confined mainly to the Southern states, but
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