The Gateway Pundit previously reported that San Francisco’ so-called “Reparations Committee” is proposing paying longtime black residents a staggering $5 million per person and granting them total debt forgiveness for suffering decades of “systemic repression.”
“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,” the proposed draft says.
“A lump sum payment would compensate the affected population for the decades of harms that they have experienced, and will redress the economic and opportunity losses that Black San Franciscans have endured, collectively, as the result of both intentional decisions and unintended harms perpetuated by City policy,” the draft says.
There are 1.8 million black residents in the Golden State. The proposal adds up to billions in reparations.
But money is not all the “Reparations Committee” has in mind. They are also proposing a debt forgiveness plan because “black households are more likely to hold costlier, riskier debt, and are more likely to have outstanding student loan debt.”
Moreover, the committee seeks to reduce the racial wealth gap in San Francisco and help black residents afford housing.
“Racial disparities across all metrics have led to a significant racial wealth gap in the City of San Francisco,” the draft says. “By elevating income to match AMI, Black people can better afford housing and achieve a better quality of life.”
San Francisco Council President Shamann Walton, though, believes that $5 million in reparations, debt forgiveness, and supplemental income is not enough. Fox News reports that she vowed that the recommendations will be “breathtaking.”
“In San Francisco, black families were not allowed to be taught but we still had to pay taxes for the education of white children. I would say that black neighborhoods and communities were created here in San Francisco without the benefit of representation. I would say that there were racial restrictions indoctrinated in city policy that said black people couldn’t buy or lease property,” Shamann Walton told The National Review.
Lisa Holder, President of the radical left Equal Justice Society and a member of the task force, completely agrees. She wrote an opinion piece expressing that reparations for California’s black population should approach the levels of “the Great Society programs of Medicare and Medicaid.”
According to the Congressional Budget Office, Medicare and Medicaid combine to cost the federal government almost $1.5 trillion per year.
Holder pointed out that the United States paid the equivalent of $30 billion to Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. She also cited the tens of billions in reparations Canada and Germany have paid out as an apology for past human rights abuses.
Fox News reported:
Lisa Holder, a task force member and president of the far-left Equal Justice Society, published an opinion piece advocating for the reparations committee and writing that Californians “must be prepared for remedies on a scale approaching the Great Society programs of Medicare and Medicaid.”
“Reparations is a paradigm for understanding harm and repair as it relates to people who suffered a human rights injustice because of government action,” Holder wrote. “Harm and repair are the two sides of the spectrum.” She added that reparations will “likely” include “monetary compensation to Black people who are descendants of enslaved and persecuted Black Americans.”
Holder wrote that the “task force will outline the method for repairing harm, including compensation for the harm that contemplates monetary redress, atonement and apology” and that for “an apology to be a meaningful act of repair and atonement, it must be concrete and tangible.”
This mandate comports with the United Nations international conventions for reparations, which consists of five components: compensation, restitution, satisfaction or apology, rehabilitation and guarantees of non-repetition,” Holder continued.
Holder wrote that reparations “to similarly situated groups are a good metric for understanding compensation” and that “Canada is paying almost $32 billion to living victims and descendants of Indigenous people as compensation for state-sanctioned cultural genocide.”
The U.S. paid the current equivalent of $30 billion to Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II for state-sanctioned human rights abuses, property loss, forced removal and imprisonment,” she continued. “Germany has paid $89 billion to Holocaust survivors in the Jewish diaspora to compensate for infamous human rights abuses.”
“The task force delivered a 500-page interim report establishing that California was, in practice, a pro-slavery state, a Jim Crow state and a post-civil rights apartheid state. It’s appropriate that California became the first state to convene a reparations task force because the real story is that the wealthiest state in the union and the fifth-largest economy in the world was one of the principal purveyors and beneficiaries of anti-Black policies and narratives.”
“In short, the Golden State garnered a windfall from Black oppression,” Holder added.
“The task force recommendations will be breathtaking,” Holder concluded. “They must be nothing less.”
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