San Francisco Creates Committee to Explore Reparations For Black Citizens

An aerial photo shows a giant street mural reading "Black Lives Matter" spanning three city blocks near City Hall in San Francisco, California on June 12, 2020. - The May 25 killing of George Floyd, an African American, by a white police officer in Minneapolis has ignited mass protests for racial justice and police reform across the United States. (Photo by Josh Edelson / AFP) (Photo by JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images)

San Francisco Creates Committee to Explore Reparations For Black Citizens

The city is looking to address the effects of historical discrimination and racism against African Americans.

Published May 6th

Written by Madison J. Gray

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a task force this week that will study reparations through financial compensation and community programs for descendants of enslaved people in America.

On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported, the board voted unanimously to form a 15-member African American Reparations Advisory Committee, including Black San Franciscans who have suffered displacement, homelessness, incarceration or other issues.

“The appointments of this reparations advisory committee is an historical event, as I am unaware of any other legislated body in place to prioritize injustices and create a true reparations plan in a package for Black people,” said Board President Shamann Walton.

The committee will have two years to devise a plan to show how a citywide reparations program would work,”to make whole those who have been wronged or who continue to suffer harm from past wrongs.”

“San Francisco has the opportunity to lead the way in addressing the harm that far too many African Americans families have experienced,” said Sheryl Davis, director of the city’s Human Rights Commission.

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At one time, San Francisco’s Black community was larger. However, gentrification and higher living costs have changed the demographic makeup, the AP reports. Although African Americans are just five percent of the total population, they make up 35 percent of the homeless population.

San Francisco would become the largest city to embark upon a reparations program for its citizens. Evanston, Ill, a Chicago suburb, approved $10 million in reparations for its Black residents in March. Also, last the city council in July Asheville, N.C., voted unanimously in support of reparations as well.

RELATED: North Carolina City Council Approves Plan For Reparations

(Photo: Josh Edelson / AFP)

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