About Those $5 Million San Francisco Reparations…

Eric Risberg

You have probably heard that the city of San Francisco is going to pay out billions of dollars to black American residents as a form of reparations. Indeed, the city’s board of supervisors voted unanimously to shell out $5 million for each black resident living in the city regardless of whether their ancestors faced slavery and/or Jim Crow.


This development mirrors what the state of California is attempting to accomplish by ascertaining what type of reparations package the Golden State can concoct to address the evils of discriminatory laws passed during the Jim Crow period since there was never slavery in the state.

Under San Francisco’s plan, black residents who qualify would receive an annual payment of $97,000 for the next 250 years. They would also have their debts paid and the ability to purchase a home for only a dollar – less than a Starbucks coffee.

Sounds pretty sweet, doesn’t it?

Of course it does.

But there is one glaring problem – one that I knew would be the case when the city was pretending it was going to provide a reparations package to black residents: It ain’t gonna happen.

PJMedia’s Stephen Greene pointed out that such a number represents “almost half of the city’s annual budget.”

He continued: “That $5 million lump sum would cost city residents $210 billion, right away. The state budget for all of California last year was almost exactly the same, at $213 billion — and that included an $18 billion deficit.”

With all the benefits and payments combined, San Francisco would be looking at shelling out $1.1 trillion according to Greene.


And how will the city’s government provide this San Francisco treat? As I said previously, it won’t. Greene noted that the city “would have to raise 50% more revenue or cut services on everything else by the same amount.”

But realistically, even if the city could pay this amount – or calculated a lower one – this was never going to happen. Whether one agrees with reparations or not, the fact of the matter is that neither party wants to tackle the issue – especially Democrats.

Yes, the left has been promising some type of reparations package at the federal, state, and local levels for decades. They claim they want to reverse the impact of slavery and Jim Crow on the black community. The problem is that they have been lying through their Marxist teeth the entire time.

These people have no intention of addressing the wrongs that were mostly perpetrated by their party throughout the history of black folks in America. In fact, it works to their favor not to take such an undertaking seriously.

Why would these people wish to provide a solution that might help black Americans when they can just continue to dangle it in front of their faces during election season? As usual, Democrats are using the plight of black Americans to advance an agenda, one that has absolutely nothing to do with improving the dire conditions largely created by progressive governance.


Even Mr. Magoo can see that this is nothing more than a political ploy to sell Americans of all races on the idea that Democrats truly care for marginalized groups and want to take steps to ease the burden. In reality, they would rather continue using the same policies that created this situation while pretending they are trying to fix it. It’s even better if they can just blame their “failures” on white supremacy or some other boogeyman. With the activist media firmly on their side, it won’t be difficult because they know they will never be held accountable for their broken promises.


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