‘I Don’t Know’: Reparations Activist Says She Has Zero Clue How San Fran Can Dole Out $5 Million Payments

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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A reparations advocate admitted she had zero clue how San Francisco or other municipalities could pay out reparations to black residents while on CNN Tuesday.

CNN’s Adrienne Broaddus spoke with activist Robin Sue Simmons, who grew up in Evanston, Illinois’ fifth ward, where banks had refused to give mortgages to black families during the first half of the 20th century.

The town of Evanston added a cash option to its reparations program on Monday after the city council unanimously approved an amendment to the program that was originally approved in March of 2021. The program provides grants up to $25,000 for black residents after the city set aside $10 million from their share of recreational cannabis sales tax revenue.

“In San Francisco, a reparations committee is seeking payments proposed of $5 million to every eligible black resident. How will they pay each resident?” Broaddus asked Simmons. (RELATED: Daily Caller Reporter Breaks Down Why Reparations Face Massive Legal Challenges)

“I don’t know. And so those are the challenges that we all have as municipalities,” Simmons said.

To qualify for the Evanston program, residents must be black and have evidence they have an ancestry who lived in the town between 1919-1969 when the city was segregated. The payments were originally only good toward home improvements or purchasing a new home.

Meanwhile in San Francisco the Board of Supervisors recently moved 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.