‘5 million is too little’: Angry black residents demand MORE in reparations from California

"I believe that $5 million in reparations is too little for the work that foundational black Americans have done for this country."

Joshua Young North Carolina

On Wednesday, the reparations task force created by California Governor Gavin Newsom in June 2021 held a hearing in Sacramento and were told that the plan to pay $5 million to individual black residents by the separate San Francisco reparations committee was not enough and that the amount should be closer to $7.6 million.

The Daily Mail reports, one speaker at the hearing said to the committee, "I believe that $5 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."

Foundational black Americans is a designation term referring to black Americans who are descendants of slaves.

The nine-member task force released an interim report last year that recommended delivering $223,200 each to black descendants of American slavery residing in California but a separate reparations committee ran by San Francisco's Board of Supervisors released a report in January saying black residents should receive debt forgiveness, the $5 million paycheck, and a guaranteed income of $97,000 for a total budget of $800 billion according to economists.

Reverend Tony Pierce also spoke at the hearing and said, "Where's the money? Where's the cash? Where's the check? $5 million, San Francisco's already made a move. $5 million is nothing, and I'll tell you why."

Piece said that under the San Francisco plan the $5 million would be distributed over 50 years to each person, so that, each year, after taxes, "you'll be lucky if you end up with $40,000 a year."

Newsom's state Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans has until July 1 to present their reparations recommendations. The state legislature would need to approve the proposal and then it would go to Newsom's desk.

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