According to reports, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors are mulling over more than 100 recommendations for reparations for black residents. Some of the suggestions include, payments of $5 million to every eligible Black adult, the elimination of personal debt and tax burdens, guaranteed annual incomes of at least $97,000 for 250 years and homes in San Francisco for just $1 a family.
The Board of Supervisors enthusiastically fielded the suggestions from the reparations committee on Tuesday. However, the board was met with much pushback from otherwise liberal San Franciscans who are apparently unaware of the pervasiveness of the legacy of slavery, police repression, and mass incarceration.
“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.
However, it's important to note that the enthusiasm shown by the board in favor for reparations does not guarantee the adoption of any policy measures. A final committee report is due in June.