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Well, that certainly didn’t take long.
Over the weekend, we warned about the steadily advancing agenda of imposing a new, permanent racial caste system onto the American public in the guise of “reparations.” The demands, we said, are steadily getting more and more ambitious, and the likelihood of true reparations actually becoming a reality is far closer than most realize.
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But even we were stunned by what just came out of San Francisco.
The San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee presented its list of recommendations to the San Francisco city government late last month, but the proposal gained public attention, fittingly, on Martin Luther King Day.
For once, a high-profile reparations proposal got substantial coverage from conservative media, including Fox, The Washington Examiner, and National Review.
The New York Post’s write-up of the proposal is fairly typical.
A San Francisco panel studying reparations has proposed a one-time payment of $5 million to each black resident of the city deemed eligible as recompense for the “decades of harm they have experienced,” according to a report on Monday.
“A lump sum payment would compensate the affected population … and will redress the economic and opportunity losses that Black San Franciscans have endured, collectively, as the result of both intentional decisions and unintended harms perpetuated by City policy,” the San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee said in a draft report issued last month, Fox News Digital reported.
The committee also proposed wiping out all debts associated with educational, personal, credit card and payday loans for black households.
The proposal even triggered a response from suddenly-high-profile black House Rep. Byron Donalds, who remarked that the plan is “patently unfair.”
That is putting it very mildly. We have read through the committee’s full set of recommendations, which run for twenty pages.
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The San Francisco reparations proposal is far, far more extreme than even most critical reporting on it acknowledges.
Wait, more extreme than a total debt jubilee and $5 million checks for everyone with enough melanin? Incredibly, yes. That only scratching the surface of a deeply deranged policy.
It is no mere “reparations” proposal. It is a nothing less plan to create a new perpetual nobility in San Francisco, with membership determined by belonging to a small, privileged race of supposed victims.
One of the most electric proposals of the reparations plan, reported on by some outlets, is a suggestion that San Francisco supplement the income of all black households to make sure it reaches at least the median household income for the city (currently $97,000). Homeless drug addict living on the street? Professional criminal plundering cars and Walgreens for a living? Underemployed ne’er-do-well who can’t keep a job? Don’t worry, all of these people will now be getting subsidies of nearly a hundred thousand dollars…if they’re black.
But even wilder, the proposal specifically asks that the $97,000 guaranteed income payouts happen for the next two hundred and fifty years. For comparison, the United States of America and San Francisco itself will both turn 246 this year. Any suggestion of making financial payments based on race that lasts for two and a half centuries is not a proposal for reparations. It is a demand to create a new social order, one where some races are marked as superior and others as inferior.
This point is driven home by the many other ways the reparations propose dramatic, long-term benefits available only to black residents of San Francisco. For instance:
- Introduce tax credits for those who qualify for Reparations: Payroll tax, business tax, property tax, etc.
- Offer Black-led housing cooperatives tax credits to offset property taxes.
- 7.2 Tax relief and incentives: Exemptions from payroll tax and property tax; Assistance from the City with outstanding taxes to ensure that people are up-to-date on tax liabilities.
You might be familiar with the French Revolution, where the peasants and bourgeoisie of France rose up, abolished the monarchy, and lopped off a lot of heads. One of the major complaints that motivated the revolution was taxes: Specifically, the nobility of France were exempted from most of the direct taxes that the rest of the county was obliged to pay.
Exemption from taxes is, in fact, a common trait of titled nobilities throughout history — especially the most powerful and extractive ones. Russia under Catherine the Great extended serfdom to its greatest extent…and also granted immunity from taxation to the country’s nobles. The old Austro-Hungarian empire was kept very backwards by the Hungarian nobility’s exemption from taxation. And so forth.
And now, San Francisco’s activists propose to bring this system to America, with sweeping tax exemptions for everyone of the “reparations” class. By the way, in addition to exempting themselves from many existing taxes, the proposal calls for the creation of a brand-new “Reparations Tax” to finance itself. And with a starting cost of $5 million per recipient, you can guess how heavy that tax will have to be.
- a) Offer [Certificate of Preference] holders automatic qualification and first right of refusal to any rental or home ownership opportunities, with all financial eligibility needs met by the city.
- b) Offer a moving stipend for Certificate of Preference (COP) holders for all housing in the City and County of San Francisco.
- g) Ensure that the COP has a monetary value with a baseline of two times the average cost of a home in San Francisco County.
The Certificate of Preference is an existing San Francisco program, which gives preferential treatment in affordable housing lotteries to those whose families were displaced by redevelopment in the 1960s. Now, the reparations crew proposes this program be expanded to instead, in essence, give COP holders the right to live in any house they want that is ever put on sale, as long as it costs less than $2.6 million (the current “two times the average cost of a home” threshold). In fact, it suggests that before a home is sold, it must first be offered to all reparations recipients to turn down! And to make it as tempting as possible, they get free moving costs, too. But just for good measure..
- e) Ensure that the descendants of COP holders are able to access the same benefits that their COP-holding ancestors would have received.
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… the plan also calls for this right to be inheritable, presumably forever.
- 8.3 Compensate Black educators for the harm they experience teaching a white supremacy curriculum.
To translate this another way, this is a call to simply pay black teachers more than other teachers, just for their race. In fact, this demand doesn’t even require they be descended from victims of slavery or Jim Crow, so it’s not even a form of reparations. It’s pure race-based financial favoritism.
- 6.4 Prioritize members of San Francisco’s current and past African American communities for employment opportunities, training programs, professional certification, partnerships and contracting. Additionally, create dedicated placement services to assist both experienced, midcareer and entry-level candidates.
Once again, there isn’t even a pretense that this is to compensate for a specific injury. Instead, it’s simply a call for blacks to be hired, certified, contracted, and promoted first, before other, less worthy races.
- 5.1 Provide reparations direct payments to Black San Franciscans to alleviate the stress and anxiety caused by financial insecurity.
But why just pay teachers more, or rig the hiring process, when you can also just pay people cash directly, based on race, to help them cope with “stress and anxiety”?
Even this only plucks out a few choice elements of the vast reparations program. There’s plenty more that is boring (arts programs!) or silly (free yoga classes in school), but when compared to the big ticket items they are so tiny as to be irrelevant.
Does the San Francisco reparations plan have the slightest chance of becoming law, as written? Absolutely not. Not even Silicon Valley could actually afford it, for one. But that is besides the point. What matters is that the idea is being treated as a “reparations” plan, with ridicule only being heaped on the amount demanded. No writers have pointed out the truly sinister nature of the plan, and its aspiration to create a revived and perpetual version of Jim Crow. And by refusing to speak up, and denounce this plot for what it is, those who remain silent slowly submit to a plot to racially dispossess them.
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