San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors discussed race-based reparations proposals on Tuesday, which aimed to compensate for injustices committed against past generations.
Although San Francisco was never a slave state, the Democratic supervisors approved the initial draft by the SF African American Reparations Advisory Committee.
However, the proposal, which includes a $5 million lump-sum payment, total debt forgiveness, and other benefits, has been met with criticism from the San Francisco National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), The Blaze reports.
The draft acknowledges that slavery was never legal in California but claims that “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.”
To be eligible for the reparations, applicants must be at least 18 years old, have identified as black or African-American on public documents for at least 10 years, and meet two out of eight additional criteria.
The reparations panel will make its final recommendations in June, and city supervisors will vote on it on or after September 19.
However, the SF NAACP is opposed to the $5 million payout per black resident.
SF NAACP President Amos Brown called on the Board of Supervisors to “reject” the one-time $5 million reparation payment.
Brown suggested that the focus should be on providing education, jobs, housing, healthcare, and a cultural center for Blacks in San Francisco.
“We strongly believe that creating and funding programs that can improve the lives of those who have been impacted by racism and discrimination is the best path forward toward equality and justice,” he said.