Xaviaer DuRousseau, a former Black Lives Matter (BLM) activist and current member of the conservative advocacy group PragerU, criticized San Francisco’s reparations plan on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” on Tuesday.
DuRousseau claimed that the plan, which includes $5 million lump-sum payments to eligible black citizens, annual guaranteed incomes of $97,000 for 250 years, the elimination of personal debt and tax burdens, and homes for $1, perpetuates “fraudulent narratives surrounding systemic racism” and is a way to “gaslight” black Americans.
He argued that the costly handouts are unrealistic and will never happen due to San Francisco’s financial difficulties.
DuRousseau also accused San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors of being “more focused on slavery” than on the city’s homelessness crisis.
The reparations plan, proposed without a cost analysis, is aimed at redressing centuries of slavery and systemic racism that have deprived generations of black citizens of opportunities in most spheres of life, according to its supporters.
However, one estimate suggests that the reparations scheme could cost the city approximately $50 billion, requiring each non-black family in the city to pay at least $600,000 to make reparations a reality.
The Board of Supervisors will not make any decisions regarding reparations until it releases its final report in June, after which it can vote to change, adopt, or reject any or all of the 111 recommendations made by the city-appointed reparations committee.
The exact number of black San Franciscans who would qualify for reparations is currently unknown.
To be eligible, applicants must be at least 18, have identified as black on public documents for at least a decade, and prove that they meet two out of eight additional standards.
Black residents make up less than 6% of San Francisco’s population, and fewer than 50,000 people qualify.