Although the amount of money seems insane, I think if reparations are ever going to be a thing… this is how they will have to be done. At the local level and based on racist government policies… not slavery.
“To be eligible for the program, the applicant must be 18 years old and have identified as Black or African American on public documents for at least 10 years. They must also prove at least two of eight additional criteria, choosing from a list that includes, “Born in San Francisco between 1940 and 1996 and has proof of residency in San Francisco for at least 13 years,” and/or, “Personally, or the direct descendant of someone, incarcerated by the failed War on Drugs.”
I believe any reparations proposal to be inherently unconstitutional as a bill of attainder. By inference, the government is punishing non-recipients to benefit recipients for some real or imagined tort.
San Francisco’s budget is $14 billion. There are about 50,000 blacks in San Francisco. If only 10 per cent are eligible for the $5 million lump sum, that would be $25 billion dollars. How would something like that even work?