A San Francisco reparations committee has demanded $5million to compensate each black resident of the city for the ‘decades of harm they have experienced’.

Members of the committee have previously slammed America as a ‘racist country’ while others have called the city one that struggled with ‘white supremacy’.

The San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee released a draft report in December to ‘address the public policies explicitly created to subjugate Black people in San Francisco by upholding and expanding the intent and legacy of chattel slavery.’

Chair of the group Eric McDonnell claims that the creation of the committee was ‘politically easy’ but believes their plans will have a ‘different climate’ reaction.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin told the San Francisco Chronicle he hopes the proposal will pass

A timeline of San Francisco's black residents laid out in the proposal draft

A timeline of San Francisco’s black residents laid out in the proposal draft

The 14-strong group – which usually has 15 members – are proposing that the government wipes out all debts associated with education, credit card, payday loans and personal for black households.

It is separate from the task force created by California’s legislature which is also studying reparations, with the San Francisco committee being formed in May 2021.

The city group’s report says: ‘Reparation​ ​must be adequate, effective, prompt, and should be proportional to the gravity of the violations and the harm suffered.​’​

As a result the proposal could cost the city, which has a 2022-2023 budget of $14 billion, roughly $50 billion.

Those eligible must be 18 and show that they have identified as black or African American on public documents for at least ten years.

DailyMail.com has a closer look at those making the decisions on the committee, which is chaired by a certified life coach with a degree in public administration.

Eric McDonnell, Chair 

Certified life coach Eric McDonnell is the chair of the committee, which made the suggestions in a report last month

Certified life coach Eric McDonnell is the chair of the committee, which made the suggestions in a report last month

Certified life coach Eric McDonnell is the chair of the committee, which made the suggestions in a report last month.

He holds a BA degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco and says that he has experienced’ two sides’ to the city.

Speaking previously about slavery, he said that he believes White Americans still benefit from slavery to this day.

He said: ‘This country has been complicit since its creation, and not just in the act of chattel slavery. 

‘I believe the harms that have been perpetuated on and against Black Americans have both historical as well as present impacts.

‘When White Americans say I didn’t do it, that may be factually true, but it doesn’t speak to whether they benefited or not, because they are benefiting.

‘And because they have benefited, there is a moral obligation [to] be willing to invest in this.

‘Centuries of harm and destruction of black lives, black bodies and black communities should be met with centuries of repair.’

Tinisch Hollins, Vice Chair 

Hollis co-founded San Francisco Black Wall Street and is the ¿community appointed power broker¿ of the non-profit

Hollis co-founded San Francisco Black Wall Street and is the ‘community appointed power broker’ of the non-profit

Tinisch Hollis serves as vice chair on the committee and also as an Executive Director of Californins for Safety and Justice.

She also co-founded San Francisco Black Wall Street and is the ‘community appointed power broker’ of the non-profit.

On the website she is described as an ‘individual who has been displaced from San Francisco due to gentrification.’

Rev Dr Amos C Brown

Dr Brown worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr and has previously said his great-great-grandfather was born enslaved 

Civil rights leader Dr Amos Brown studied under Martin Luther King Jr, and was arrested during a sit-in in 1961 to protest segregation in the south.

The Reverend also sits on the California reparations committee which is organized by Governor Gavin Newsom. 

He told the San Francisco Chronicle that ‘America is a racist country’ and he knows that, as well as explaining his great-great-grandfather was born enslaved in 1821.

It is unclear if the recommendations by the group will be introduced nationally, but if so it could mean that Dr Brown may be one of the recipients of the $223k the group recommended.

Dr Brown also added that you need the ‘right kind of police’, and that ‘the police need to understand that to wear that badge is not license for you to beat up on human beings.’

Gloria Berry  

Berry, who was also homeless for several months, claims that ¿concerns about people of color¿ is just a ¿flashy Twitter trend¿ and are ¿hollow¿

Berry, who was also homeless for several months, claims that ‘concerns about people of color’ is just a ‘flashy Twitter trend’ and are ‘hollow’

Retired veteran Gloria Berry turned her hand to the task force after failing to be elected to local government on two occasions in 2018 and 2020.

She admits to having been jailed for six months due to possession of marijuana and titles a newsletter ‘White Supremacy in San Francisco.’

Berry, who was also homeless for several months, claims that ‘concerns about people of color’ is just a ‘flashy Twitter trend’ and are ‘hollow’.

Her role on the committee is to fill the seat for an ‘individual who has experienced or is experiencing homelessness.’

She also believed that ‘police must be held accountable’, and spoke about being disabled in a run for DCC in 2020. 

Professor James Lance Taylor

 

Professor James Lance Taylor is a former President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists

Professor James Lance Taylor is a former President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists

Political science professor James Lance Taylor fills the spot on the committee reserved for ‘a historian with expertise in African American history.

He previously said of the plans: ‘This has to be a political campaign on top of a matter of policy and any sort of moral argument.

‘Anything in favor of expanding rights to Black people has always been negatively received. The odds are always against us, but we are further along than we’ve ever been.’

He is a former President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and served as the Chair for the ‘Committee on the Status of Blacks’ in Political Science for the American Political Science Association 2016-2017. 

 Nikcole Cunningham

Nikcole Cunningham lodged a legal bid against the City of San Francisco after experiencing discrimination in the workplace and asked for damages of $25,000

Nikcole Cunningham lodged a legal bid against the City of San Francisco after experiencing discrimination in the workplace and asked for damages of $25,000

Nikcole Cunningham is an adoption social worker for the Department of Human Services in San Francisco, California where she supports families with mental health services and difficult ongoing issues

She lodged a legal bid against the City of San Francisco after experiencing discrimination in the workplace and asked for damages of $25,000.

Court documents seen by DailyMail.com show she claims that an employer ‘discriminated against her for a disability and then failed to engage in the interactive process and failed to accommodate.’

Cunningham is on the committee as she is an ‘individual who has experienced discrimination in the workplace.’

Shakeyla O’Cain  

O'Cain was appointed shortly after the committee was voted through, and represents the ¿sectors served by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development¿.

O’Cain was appointed shortly after the committee was voted through, and represents the ‘sectors served by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development’.

Rapid Rehousing Coordinator Shakeyla O’Cain is on the committee and has worked with young people who are homeless for a number of years.

She was appointed shortly after the committee was voted through, and represents the ‘sectors served by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development’.

It also covers ‘construction, building and trades, hospitality, and medical sectors – with experience working in predominantly African American communities.’ 

Aniete Ekanem

The computer systems graduate asked African-Americans to share their stories with him on a Zoom prior to the draft report

The computer systems graduate asked African-Americans to share their stories with him on a Zoom prior to the draft report

Aniete Ekanem attended Stanford University and studied Computer Systems Engineering, and went on to found his own company which boosts non-profits and foundation budgets .

He is required to be on the committee as a person who ‘works in the technology industry with experience in the field of technological equity.’

The computer systems graduate asked African-Americans to share their stories with him on a Zoom prior to the draft report.

Gwyendolyn Brown

Brown¿s father founded Inner City Youth which is based in the OMI district of San Francisco ¿ under the umbrella of Young Community Developers

Brown’s father founded Inner City Youth which is based in the OMI district of San Francisco – under the umbrella of Young Community Developers

Gwyendolyn Brown’s father founded Inner City Youth which is based in the OMI district of San Francisco – under the umbrella of Young Community Developers.

Her late father Michael Brown was a city bus driver who then changed career to a real estate investor, making her the second generation leader at the charity.

She is on the committee as a ‘person who is employed by or in a leadership position in a charitable, social service, or religious organization principally serving the African American community.’

Daniel Landry 

Daniel Landry described himself as a ¿community advocate¿ for San Francisco and is currently the founder and director of the SF CATS Academy Inc a non-profit organization

Daniel Landry described himself as a ‘community advocate’ for San Francisco and is currently the founder and director of the SF CATS Academy Inc a non-profit organization.

Daniel Landry ran in a special election to the San Francisco Community College board in November, shortly after he was appointed to the board but lost to Murrell Green.

Running as a non-partisan, he described himself as a ‘community advocate’ for San Francisco and is currently the founder and director of the SF CATS Academy Inc a non-profit organization.

His role on the committee is to give his ‘expertise in the impact of redevelopment activities in the Fillmore District and the Western Addition on Black communities’.

Tiffany Carter 

Tiffany Carter is a restaurateur and classically trained chef who owns Boug Cali West Coast Creole Shack

Tiffany Carter is a restaurateur and classically trained chef who owns Boug Cali West Coast Creole Shack

Tiffany Carter is a restaurateur and classically trained chef who owns Boug Cali West Coast Creole Shack, one of the few brick-and-mortar Black businesses in San Francisco.

She is also a founding member of SF Black Wall Street, which was formed in response to the devastating impact of COVID-19.

Her role on the committee is to give her experience as a ‘small business owner principally serving the African American community.’

 Laticia Erving

Latricia Erving's role is to develop programs and actives to engage African American families, and she previously worked as school readiness coordinator

Latricia Erving’s role is to develop programs and actives to engage African American families, and she previously worked as school readiness coordinator

Latricia Erving currently works as a parent advisory council program manager at eth San Francisco Unified School district for African Americans.

Her role is to develop programs and actives to engage African American families, and she previously worked as school readiness coordinator.

The role on the committee she is expected to give expertise on is as a ‘individual with experience as a parent or caregiver of a child or children experiencing barriers to or disparate treatment in education.’

 Starr Williams

Starr Williams was selected for the committee because of her age and experience working with community groups serving the African American community

Starr Williams was selected for the committee because of her age and experience working with community groups serving the African American community

Youth volunteer Starr Williams was selected for the committee because of her age and experience working with community groups serving the African American community.

She is currently a student at the University of California, and was one of the 15 who was originally approved.

Omerede Hamilton 

Omerede 'Rico' Hamilton was approved to be included in the committee as he has 'been incarcerated'

Omerede ‘Rico’ Hamilton was approved to be included in the committee as he has ‘been incarcerated’

Omerede ‘Rico’ Hamilton was approved to be included in the committee as he has ‘been incarcerated’. 

It is not clear what his crimes were, but he sits on the board and will be part of the reports in June. 

There is currently one open spot on the committee for a person who is currently living in social housing.  



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