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San Francisco Considers Reparations Plans, Payments Up To $5M For Slave Descendants

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San Francisco is moving closer to paying black residents reparations for slavery, which officially ended in America 158 years ago.

According to The Post Millennial, the city’s Board of Supervisors “voiced enthusiastic support” on Tuesday for various schemes to pay alleged descendants of slaves — including one suggestion to hand each black city resident a check for $5 million.

Other ideas included providing a guaranteed annual income of $97,000 per qualifying resident and offering them homes in the city for just $1 per family. According to the real estate website Redfin, the average sales price of a home in San Francisco is now $1.32 million.

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Post Millennial noted that the Hoover Institute, a conservative think tank at Stanford University, found that reparations could cost San Francisco’s non-black families at least $600,000 each.

John Dennis, chairman of the San Francisco Republican Party, said of the proposed $5 million payment, “This conversation we’re having in San Francisco is completely unserious. They just threw a number up, there’s no analysis. It seems ridiculous, and it also seems that this is the one city where it could possibly pass.”

But liberals were wild about the idea.

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“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,” Supervisor Rafael Mandelman said of the idea.

Everybody, that is, unless you’re one of the households the city plans to hand a $600,000 bill for something they played no part in, and that did not directly affect the people getting the check.

The supervisors must deliver a final plan to the California Assembly for approval in the summer.

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