According to several confirmed reports including ABC News, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors have been sifting through over 100 recommendations for slavery reparations for its Black residents. Some of the suggestions include the elimination of personal debt and tax burdens, guaranteed annual incomes of at least $97,000 for 250 years, homes in San Francisco for just $1 a family and even $5 million per eligible Black person.
On Tuesday, the Board accepted these suggestions from the reparations committee, however, the board received a slew of criticism from “liberal” San Franciscans that didn’t know about the traumatic impact of slavery in the U.S. as well as the new perceived form of slavery, mass incarceration. A final report is due from the committee by June.
“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,” said Supervisor Rafael Mandelman.
THE IDEA BEHIND REPARATIONS
Reparations are payments or other forms of compensation provided to individuals or groups who have suffered harm or injustice, usually as a result of historical or systemic discrimination.
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In a political or legal context, reparations may be used to acknowledge and redress past wrongs, such as slavery, genocide, or other forms of discrimination. Reparations can take many forms, including financial compensation, land redistribution, education and job training programs, public apologies, and other measures designed to address the harms caused by historical injustices.
The idea behind reparations is to provide restitution for past injustices and to help address the ongoing effects of systemic discrimination, such as poverty, inequality, and social exclusion. By acknowledging and addressing past wrongs, reparations can help to promote healing and reconciliation, and to build a more just and equitable society.