The African American Reparations Advisory Committee of San Francisco acknowledged it did not employ a mathematical method to determine the sum it desires to compensate each long-term black resident for years of discrimination.
In January, the 15-member group suggested $97,000 in guaranteed wages, debt forgiveness, and $5 million in restitution payments.
The city has now admitted that to arrive at the contentious figure, it did not use a mathematical formula, but rather dug into the state’s past.
NEW: The city of San Francisco has announced their plans of giving $5,000,000 in reparations to every black resident of the city
Why do they deserve $5,000,000? California wasn’t even a slave state?!https://t.co/SzyFiWjJYO
— Proud Elephant 🇺🇸🦅 (@ProudElephantUS) February 27, 2023
John Dennis, the chair of the San Francisco Republican Party, questioned the idea, stating there was no basis for the figure and no analysis offered.
He continued by saying a group of individuals with similar viewpoints gathered in the space and generated a number. They missed the chance to do some important work.
An economist who favors reparations, William A. Darity Jr., even criticized the high payment amount, saying it needed to be something reasonable.
Supporters reply whereas white people earn more than $100,000 yearly, black inhabitants only make $44,000 on average.
Although the number of San Franciscans who will be qualified is unknown, the city is home to about 50,000 black Americans. If every citizen were eligible, the yearly budget — which is still recuperating from the pandemic — would be significantly inflated.
Residents must be at least 18 years old and have identified as black on government documents for at least ten years to be eligible.
Also, they must fulfill two of a number of criteria, like having spent 13 years in San Francisco after immigrating or being born there between 1940 and 1996.
The relocation of the black community in the Fillmore District in the 1960s was one historical event that the city looked into.
The region, dubbed the “Harlem of the West,” which was home to roughly 900 companies and 20,000 residents, recently changed to a predominantly white, affluent neighborhood.
Reparations For Policies?
The city of San Francisco claimed the purpose of the restitution was not to atone for slavery, which was never permitted in the state, but rather for the policy choices explicitly formed to subdue black people in San Francisco.
This happened by preserving and broadening the intent and heritage of chattel slavery.
Not only is the question of $5 million per black person in San Francisco in the form of reparations absurd, so is the very premise. California did not have slavery, so why are its citizens — who were not responsible for slavery — being asked to foot a reparations bill? pic.twitter.com/HvlhqfaUcd
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) February 27, 2023
There are a dozen other cities, including Los Angeles, that are also seeking the ideal wage for their black residents. It is also still up for debate in Boston and St. Louis.
Cities that are contemplating making reparations must strike a compromise between appeasing reparation proponents and taking into account that the majority of Americans disapprove of financial retribution.
In a January study by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, six out of ten respondents stated the federal government “certainly should not pursue” paying compensation to slave descendants.
Reparations opponents worry that because San Francisco’s plan is larger than that of several other cities, it would falter financially.
According to the Washington Post, the city, which is still rebuilding from the epidemic, has a budget of $14 billion yearly. Furthermore, it will run a $728 million deficit for the following two years.This article appeared in The Political Globe and has been published here with permission.