Proposed advisory body would create plan for slavery reparations

Will Kamala Harris be forced to pay for reparations for her ancestor’s slave trade and ownership of slaves?  Will the illegal aliens who are allowed to stay here be forced to pay reparations for slaves they know nothing about?  How about the British that came here in the 1970’s, stayed and became American citizens—can they be forced to pay for slavery?  Or could Harris, since she is half black, receive reparations based on her color?  San Fran is about to make those decisions.

“San Francisco would establish a 15-member advisory body to draft a plan for paying reparations for slavery, under a proposal introduced by Supervisor Shamann Walton.

Walton’s legislation is the latest step moving The City closer to providing reparations, an idea that is gaining ground in other jurisdictions. Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 3121, which requires the state to establish a task force to develop reparation proposals for African Americans who are descendants of slaves.

“The United States has a history of inflicting trauma on communities of color and that trauma continues to exist in our community,” Walton said Tuesday, when introducing the legislation. “This is not the America we envisioned. But this can be the San Francisco that we need to correct the wrongs of history.”

Will tax dollars paid by people of all colors be used to pay reparations?  So, descendants of slaves will be forced to pay for their own reparations?  Crazy does not start the response to these questions.

Proposed advisory body would create plan for slavery reparations

First draft would be due within 18 months

Joshua Sabatini, SF Examiner,  10/21/20 

San Francisco would establish a 15-member advisory body to draft a plan for paying reparations for slavery, under a proposal introduced by Supervisor Shamann Walton.

Walton’s legislation is the latest step moving The City closer to providing reparations, an idea that is gaining ground in other jurisdictions. Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 3121, which requires the state to establish a task force to develop reparation proposals for African Americans who are descendants of slaves.

“The United States has a history of inflicting trauma on communities of color and that trauma continues to exist in our community,” Walton said Tuesday, when introducing the legislation. “This is not the America we envisioned. But this can be the San Francisco that we need to correct the wrongs of history.”

The African American Reparations Advisory Committee would have to submit within six months of its first meeting an outline of its strategy for developing the reparations plan to the Board of Supervisors for review. A draft of the plan would be due within 18 months of its first meeting and a final draft within two years.

The members would be appointed by the Board of Supervisors, with each seat filled by someone satisfying specific criteria. For example, seats would need to be held by someone who lives in public housing, someone displaced from San Francisco due to gentrification, someone with expertise in venture capital, a small business owner and someone who was formerly in jail.

The Human Right Commission would provide the staff for the committee.

The legislation spells out what the “San Francisco Reparations Plan” would accomplish, including determining “the scope of and eligibility for a citywide reparations program and the means of disbursing reparations in order to make whole those who have been wronged or who continue to suffer harm from past wrongs, to close racial wealth gaps, and to address ongoing discrimination, anti-Black prejudice, and inequities.”

The plan would also chronicle the legacy of slavery and discrimination “and ongoing institutional discrimination that has prevented the enslaved and their descendants from fully benefiting from the growth of the U.S. economy.” It would also detail the current and historic discrimination in San Francisco with proposed reforms “to guard against the need for future redress.”

The plan would address improving education, housing, transit access, health outcomes and job opportunities for Black residents.

The legislation lives up to Walton’s promise earlier this year to establish the advisory body, which was called for in a resolution he introduced that was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors in August.

The resolution supported a “reparations plan that will comprehensively address the inequities that exist in the African American community as a result of slavery’s legacy of systemic oppression.”

The state law, AB 3121, requires Newsom to establish the five member task force by June 1, 2021. The body would have to submit a final report within a year of its first meeting.

The state law states that more than 4 million Africans and their descendants were enslaved in the U.S. from 1619 to 1865. Slavery officially ended with the ratification of the 13th Amendment.

“As a result of the historic and continued discrimination, African Americans continue to suffer debilitating economic, educational and health hardships,” said the state law, which was introduced by Assembly member Shirley Weber (D-San Diego).

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Comments

  1. So to be fair they will have to determine who are the descendants of slaves to decide who should get it and then jdetermine who are the descendants of slave owners to show who should pay for it. It is not fair to force people that had nothing to do with slaves or their family had nothing to do with slaves pay fines for something they had nothing to do with. Two other problems Calif was always a free state that did not allow slavery so nobody here should pay a penny and the slaves got the reparations already in the form of the thousands of soldiers that died to free them from the south and that is a bill they will owe for generations to come with no way to pay it

  2. Otis Needleman says

    NFG. Not paying a cent. Would move back to TX first. Hoping to be able to move ASAP, anyway.

  3. NO! My family arrived and settled when this state was a territory. My Great-Grandfather knew Captain Grant when he was stationed at Fort Humboldt, before he was called back to fight in the Civil War. This state did not have “slaves” and whoever is pushing this agenda had better review their California history. And, where do you decide if someone is eligible due to interracial marriages? Remember, Pres. Obama was part Caucasian and his mother’s family was very wealthy – he was raised as one of the elite by his mother’s family in HI.

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