‘Where Is Proof Of Damages?’: Leo Terrell Comes Unglued Over San Francisco’s Proposed Reparations

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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Fox News contributor Leo Terrell criticized San Francisco on Wednesday over proposals to give black Americans reparations.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors moved Tuesday night to accept a draft reparations proposal that would allow black Americans who meet two of multiple requirements such as having been incarcerated in the “failed War on Drugs” or having descended from an enslaved person to qualify for a $5 million payout.

Terrell took aim at the draft.

“San Francisco has never had slavery ever, California never had slavery. Why is skin color evidence of reparation? Why should my skin color or ethnicity be proof of damages? You heard no legal analysis as to whether or not this is constitutional, whether or not it is legal. I will submit to you, Dana, $5 million? Why $5 million? Where is proof of damages?” Terrell said. “They claim reparations are a way to justify harm that occurred 170 years ago. Where is the nexus to prove people today are hurt from events that occurred 170 years ago? They keep making conclusions without supporting fact and using the term I cannot stand, ‘systemic racism,’ they say it exists. Where is it?”

“It’s just a matter of political theater and no evidence to support it. I obviously oppose reparations.” (RELATED: DEROY MURDOCK: San Francisco’s Reparations Scheme Is Only The Beginning)

Terrell then said that San Francisco residents are “being misled because this is nothing more than political grandstanding.”

“This came out of the George Floyd summer of riots when Gavin Newsom created this board, somehow to patronize black America and basically he prolongs this because he wants to run for president and stop the bleeding of black males leaving the Democratic Party,” he argued.

Under the proposal, one eligibility requirement is for individuals who were born in San Francisco or moved there between 1940-1996 and have lived there for at least 13 years. Another requirement for eligibility is for individuals who attended the city’s public schools before they were completely desegregated, according to the plan.