Denver councilwoman says white-owned businesses should pay higher taxes and excess revenue should go to black-owned businesses

"You could be collecting extra taxes from white businesses all over the city."

Denver City Council member Candi CdeBaca, who is reportedly running for re-election, has suggested that white-owned businesses should be taxed at a higher rate than black-owned businesses, and that this revenue should then be given directly to black-owned businesses.

Her apparent justification for this is that white people have built what they have on "stolen land, stolen labor, and stolen resources."

In a recent video posted to TikTok, CdeBaca suggested that a one-time check in the form of reparations would not be enough to sufficiently address the three areas that white people have exploited to their advantage. She instead suggests that "there are structures that we have that could be flipped to begin to" address the issue of expoitation.

"In fact, my opponent here mentioned five points and corridor, and what has happened to our businesses. They're part of what has catalyzed that exponential decimation of black businesses is the five points BID, [which stands for] Business Improvement District, which further steals from the community through taxation."

However, CdeBaca did not provide any statistical or observational data to support the claim that the only businesses being harmed are black-owned businesses. 

She continued: "And I think there's a model that could be redistributed instead of a big collecting extra taxation from the black and brown businesses that are struggling. You could be collecting extra taxes from white businesses all over the city."

Again, the council member did not provide any reason as to why white-owned businesses should be taxed other than the color of their skin. By any other metric, this position would be ridiculed and condemned as prejudiced or racist.

To make such a claim would require that CdeBaca is in possession of specific data and information that would provide justifiable reason as to why white-owned businesses in Colorado should be, by law, required to pay more in taxes, and then why that revenue should be handed over to black-owned businesses.

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