A proposal put forth by the San Francisco reparations committee would give longtime black residents $5 million and debt forgiveness due to the city’s history of “systemic repression.”
According to reports, the committee wrote “public policies explicitly created to subjugate black people in San Francisco by upholding and expanding the intent and legacy of chattel slavery,” despite the fact California has always been a free state.
The proposal notes California never formally adopted the institution of chattel slavery, but said tenets of segregation, white supremacy ad systematic oppression and exclusion of black people were codified through “legal ad extralegal actions, social codes and judicial enforcement.”
A lump sum payment of $5 million would go to each eligible person. In addition, it also states African-Americans should have their income supplemented to reflect the area median income of $97,000 annually for at least the next 250 years.