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San Francisco Board of Supervisors Unanimously Supports Reparation Payments

  

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Via:  s  •  9 months ago  •  20 comments

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Unanimously Supports Reparation Payments
San Francisco is already facing a $728 million budget shortfall.

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We have been following the recommendations of reparations for black residents of San Francisco, including a proposed payment of $5 million per resident payment. The Board of Supervisors met Tuesday and reportedly gave unanimous support for reparations. Among the possible forms of reparations, the Board is considering a guaranteed annual income of $97,000 for 250 years and a home “for just $1 a family.”  

The city council voted unanimously to create the reparations committee in 2020. The African American Reparations Advisory Committee voted to give $5 million to each eligible Black resident as reparations.  California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) created his own Reparations Task Force, which just reached its own recommendations for $223,000 per person. Others have insisted the figure should be $350,000 for individuals and another $250,000 for Black-owned businesses. One California politician insisted the figure needs to be $800,000 per person, reflecting the average cost of a home in the state.  

Even Disney has gotten into the act with a controversial children’s episode in which cartoon children demand reparations.  

Notably, California’s law expressly states that this money should not be treated as compensation for federal reparations. Some congressional Democrats have pushed for similar federal reparations and passed a bill out of the House Judiciary Committee in 2021 that failed to receive a floor vote. BET founder Robert Johnson has called for $14 trillion in federal reparations.  The proposals now put the San Francisco politicians in a bind after declaring that reparations are a moral imperative. Some are already saying that they will not accept reduced awards. One well-known California activist declared: “It’s a debt that’s owed, we worked for free. We’re not asking; we’re telling you.”

 San Francisco is already facing a $728 million budget shortfall.  The Board notably did not approve the proposed $5 million payments and some members issued statements that bordered on the incomprehensible. Supervisor Rafael Mandelman spoke to “those of my constituents who lost their minds about this proposal, it’s not something we’re doing or we would do for other people. It’s something we would do for our future, for everybody’s collective future.”  Unpack that for a moment. “It is not something we’re doing . . . it’s something we would do for our future.” That sounds a lot like wanting to be seen as approving reparations while not approving reparations.  Virtue signaling has ended with the formal proposal. If the Board was not playing black voters by dangling the possibility of reparations, it can now prove its commitment by approving these payments. Of course, it would likely bankrupt the city, but that was not a concern when people like Mandelman were declaring their support for reparations. After all, if this is a moral imperative, it would seem that the “future” can’t wait for Mandelman and his colleagues.


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Sean Treacy
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1  seeder  Sean Treacy    9 months ago

Watching a city commit suicide. 

 
 
 
1stwarrior
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1.1  1stwarrior  replied to  Sean Treacy @1    9 months ago

Followed by the domino effect on the other "major" cities in CA.

Is LA going to set up reparations for all the Hispanic/Native American/Asian??

What about the "poor white folk" in Monterey or El Central or Bev Hills?  Will they get reparations 'cause they don't fit the elite mode?

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2  seeder  Sean Treacy    9 months ago

And that would be on top of the 83 billion dollars was given to BLM and related groups by corporations. 

When will it end?

 
 
 
charger 383
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3  charger 383    9 months ago

This is stupid

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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3.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  charger 383 @3    9 months ago

This is San Francisco, same difference.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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4  Drinker of the Wry    9 months ago

At least the numbers are less expensive than before.  In 1970's the Black SF population was 88,343.  Today it's about 45,000, almost a 50% decline.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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4.1  seeder  Sean Treacy  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @4    9 months ago
day it's about 45,000, almost a 50% decline

And if only 50% of those residents qualify, reparations will consume the entire city budget for the next decade. 

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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4.1.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Sean Treacy @4.1    9 months ago

It will suck for qualifying Blacks that recently moved away.  Maybe they can sneak back in.

 
 
 
Snuffy
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4.2  Snuffy  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @4    9 months ago
At least the numbers are less expensive than before.  In 1970's the Black SF population was 88,343.  Today it's about 45,000, almost a 50% decline.

That least that's still cheaper than what is being considered by the Board of Supervisors according to the seed.

A payout of $5 million per eligible person (using your 45,000 number)  works out to $225,000,000,000 or $225 billion.

An annual salary of $97,000 per eligible person for 250 years works out to $1,091,250,000,000 or just over $1 trillion dollars.

All I can think of is Einstein, each and every one of them.

 
 
 
Snuffy
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4.2.1  Snuffy  replied to  Snuffy @4.2    9 months ago

The more I think of this the more obvious it becomes that these payments will never be made.  This is political theater to show that the Democrat politicians support the Black community and are trying to continue to buy votes with another promise.  They can sit back and crow about how they set up a plan and will blame any failure of the plan to happen on Republicans.  

Political theater at it's finest...  

 
 
 
Texan1211
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4.2.2  Texan1211  replied to  Snuffy @4.2.1    9 months ago

SF can't afford this ridiculousness.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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4.2.3  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Snuffy @4.2.1    9 months ago
Support the Black community?

San Francisco has steadily been practising racial cleansing.  In 1970, SF had around 100,000 Black people, about 13.5% of the population.  The Fillmore District was thriving, the West Coast Harlem, now it's gentrified with designer boutiques, trendy restaurants and cafes and white and asian americans.  The Black population has declined every decade since 1970, Today there are maybe 45,000 or 5%.

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
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4.3  Thrawn 31  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @4    9 months ago

Honestly this shit makes zero sense from any perspective. My biggest and most obvious issue, can you prove your ancestors were cheated out of $5 million? Can you show they legit did $5 million worth of work, and weren't compensated? 

Second issue, lets say you can prove that, getting $5 million all at once is WAAAAAAAAAAY different than getting $5 million over the course of 30-40 years. They have decided to make an entire group of people overnight millionaires, not gonna sit well with everyone else who has been doing the daily grind for years and will still be working to pay their house off for the next 15 years. 

Third issue, if you want to cause racial resentment, this will do it. No better fucking way than to say "these people are going to be millionaires because of the color of their skin, fuck the rest of you." And no I am not denying the horrors of slavery, or Jim Crow, but IMO it is too late for actual cash reparations to do any good, most everyone directly effected by those things are dead. At this point you are just paying someone because of their relationship to someone else, not because they personally were wronged or earned it. 

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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4.3.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Thrawn 31 @4.3    9 months ago

I don’t think that proof should be necessary.  The West Coast is about feelings and being in touch with them. Ultimately it is most important that each individual define themselves for themselves be their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual or Straight being or their racial identity.  If I feel Black and historically victimized, that should be sufficient.  You can’t know what someone else is feeling.

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
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4.3.2  Thrawn 31  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @4.3.1    9 months ago

Dumb comment. 

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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5  Greg Jones    9 months ago

Do biracial persons get half the amount?

How about 1/4th Black...1/8th, etc?

This wacky idea has all the earmarks of pandering for Black votes by elitist white liberals

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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5.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Greg Jones @5    9 months ago

It should depend on how Black they self-identify as.  

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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5.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Greg Jones @5    9 months ago

It should depend on how Black they self-identify as.  

 
 
 
charger 383
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6  charger 383    9 months ago

Did they have slaves in San Francisco?

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
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7  Thrawn 31    9 months ago

Terrible.

 
 

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