The far-left city of San Francisco has unveiled the latest step in its reparations program for African-Americans: A proposal to give as much as $5 million to each black resident who qualifies for such reparations.
The Daily Caller reports that the draft of the city’s 2022 plan would require recipients to be 18 or older, to have identified their race as black or African-American for the past 10 years on official documents, and to meet two or more additional qualifications; the possible qualifications include either being incarcerated on drug-related charges, or having some sort of connection to slavery.
The draft, which was put together by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and the San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee, also calls for the city to issue a formal public apology for any past wrongdoings, and to establish a new committee that will “ensure equity and continuity in the implementation of relevant policy initiatives.”
“San Francisco’s international reputation as a shining progressive gem in the west is undermined by its legacy of mistreatment, violence towards, and targeted racism against black Americans,” the proposal states. “While neither San Francisco, nor California, formally adopted the institution of chattel slavery, the values of segregation, white supremacy and systematic repression and exclusion of black people were legally codified and enforced.”
Some of the examples of historical connections that may qualify a recipient for reparations include having been incarcerated during the “War on Drugs,” being a descendant of someone who was enslaved prior to 1865, or if they were displaced, or descended from someone who was displaced, as a result of San Francisco’s urban renewal project from 1954 to 1973.
The proposal comes after the state of California, on the orders of Governor Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.), put together its own task force on reparations last year. The task force suggested a number of radical solutions, including greater restrictions on police forces and harsher punishments for individual police officers who are accused of crimes, as well as the creation of a new office to help black Californians prove their lineage and determine whether or not they qualify for slavery reparations.