‘Five million is nothing’: Activists demand MUCH more from California Reparations Task Force

San Francisco’s proposed plan to pay each black resident $5 million in reparations is evidently not enough, according to local activists.

Speaking at an in-person meeting of the California Reparations Task Force on Wednesday, one activist said that so-called “foundational black Americans” are owed at least $7.6 million in reparations, in addition to a whole host of other benefits.


“Reparations are overdue for all foundational black Americans. Black Americans that were killed for nothing, babies taken away from mothers, fathers killed for protecting their families, and families broken up on purpose for profit. Medical genocide, unjust laws, and just plain out brutality,” the unnamed activist began.

“Foundational black Americans have helped every culture to get on their feet. Now it’s foundational black Americans’ turn to do the same for ourselves. Not just for my generation, but also for the eldest that took the time and did the research and educated us and taught us our true history. Also for the future generations to come that’ll lead us into the future with their heads held up high,”  he added.

It’s not at all clear how black Americans have “helped every culture to get on their feet.”

It was at this point that the man began trotting out his demands.

“I believe that five million in reparations is too little for the work that foundational black Americans have done for this country and as well for other countries. I believe that 7.6 million is a number that can be used very wisely in our foundational black American communities,” he said.

But he was just getting started.

“Forty acres is also still a good idea, and instead of a mule, we would like a tractor. I also believe that we should know the name of all the companies that participated in the slave trade so that we, foundational black Americans, can start up our own companies. We should also be allowed to have a choice to learn our mother language other than French and Spanish in our educational classes. We have the Tut language that was started right here in America during slavery. We have Swahili, Yoruba, Igbo, Zulu, and Hausa,” he said.

“Community colleges and universities should not raise their tuition prices for the next future generations of each foundational black American family. And we should be able to change our names to our mother land names totally for free. All types of real estate should not go up in price, but it is our land that was supposed to be for us. But as we all know, it was never given. Foundational black Americans know all too well that not all white people owned slaves. We also know that you were not there when this happened, but we know that you’re benefiting from those who helped keep slavery alive and active,” he added.

Concluding his remarks, the man then compared the denial of reparations to modern-day slavery.

“To try to keep holding foundational black Americans back from what’s due to us is just another form of slavery. It is preposterous and totally absurd. We are tired of it. Like our great ancestor Dr. Martin Luther King stated, we are coming for our check. But now most of us have direct deposit, so thank you for your time and listening,” he said.

His remarks provoked some backlash on social media:

That said, the part of the speech about $5 million in reparations was strange because the hearing wasn’t about San Francisco’s proposed plan. Instead, it was an in-person meeting of the California Reparations Task Force, a separate body that’s been working on a state-wide reparations proposal. This proposal calls for paying out $360,000, but to every black Californian.

Nevertheless, the next speaker, identified as Rev. Tony Pierce, also brought up San Francisco’s particular proposal.

“Where’s the money? Where’s the cash? Where’s the check? Don’t be afraid. Please don’t be afraid. Five million dollars. San Francisco’s already made a move. Five million dollars is nothing,” Pierce said.

Why not? Because spread out over 50 years, that’d amount to $100,000 per year or roughly $40,000 after taxes.

But it’s not clear where he got the “50 years” from. The Bay Area proposal says nothing about that …


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