The San Francisco Board of Supervisors moved forward Tuesday with a plan to pay $5 million per person in “reparations” to those who were never slaves, financed by those who never owned slaves.
While California’s fourth-largest city struggles to confront rampant homelessness and rising crime, San Francisco leaders unanimously approved recommendations by the African American Reparations Advisory Committee to deliver generous payments based on recipients’ race, in reaction to the evils of a long-abolished institution, all courtesy of innocent taxpayers. The committee offered several proposals for reparations, including a one-time check of $5 million to each eligible adult, the elimination of debt and tax burdens, and guaranteed annual incomes of $97,000 for 250 years. The board of supervisors may choose to approve all of the committee’s recommendations.
“Now, the real work continues,” Supervisor Shamann Walton said at Tuesday’s meeting. “As I’ve said before, we have to stay focused and stay together as a community because now it is 100 percent more prevalent that we cannot be separated or divided.”
The plans drew criticism from a former Black Lives Matter activist, who slammed leaders for their focus on slavery with an “unrealistic” reparations plan while ignoring the real issues that plague the city.
“This is 111 ways to gaslight black Americans into thinking that we need to be dependent on a system of handouts to be successful,” Xaviaer DuRousseau said on Fox News’ “Ingraham Angle.” “It is so unrealistic to think that the average family in San Francisco is going to be able to pay $600,000 extra apiece.”
The $600,000 estimate comes from an analysis by Stanford University’s Hoover Institution after the city adopted the recommendations without a cost assessment.
“Paying $5 million to 35,455 individuals totals about $175 billion,” the Hoover Institution’s Lee Ohanian reported. “To put this in perspective, the city’s budget for the current fiscal year is $14 billion, while this proposed sum exceeds the current state budgets of all US states except for California, New York, and Texas.”
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The prohibitively expensive reparations program reflects the priorities of a board run by left-wing ideologues who clearly care more about virtue signaling than substantive governance. A quick glance at the city’s issues reveals payment for historical reparations is the last thing residents who never participated in slavery care about.
“It’s disgusting to me that we are more focused on slavery, which ended in 1865, than we’re focused on veterans who are on the streets of San Francisco, homeless and begging for spare change in 2023,” DuRousseau said on Fox News Tuesday. “That’s where they need to start sending their money.”
Despite the city’s deterioration from homelessness and open drug use, regional regulators voted Wednesday to “crack down on gas appliances.” The Bay Area Air Quality Management District approved rules to eliminate nitrogen oxide emissions from furnaces and water heaters.