This call has been echoed by several cities, including Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Asheville, North Carolina, which have commissioned reparations pilot programs. However, these efforts have been met with criticism from conservatives who view them as a "bait and switch" and an attempt to "dig into the history."
Princeton professor Dr. Carol Swain has cautioned Black Americans against believing that the Democrats will come up with a policy that will solve all their problems. She has advised them to look at the people making these promises and their track record of delivering on such promises.
According to Swain, the Democrats see reparations as a way to get Black Americans excited about the 2024 election, believing that electing a Democrat president will push it through Congress. However, Swain believes that the Democrats promise the moon but deliver nothing, and it's more of the same.
Deroy Murdock, a Fox News contributor, has described the call for reparations as a cynical bait and switch designed to manipulate Black voters for the betterment of the Democrat Party. He believes that this will create one giant machete to chop the country in half, and the last thing the country needs is one more way to divide the American people.
North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson has also criticized the call for reparations, saying that it is a scheme to gain votes from voters. He believes that once the vote is over, they will say they are still working on it, and the next vote will come around, and they will say they are almost there. Robinson thinks that it is a foolish idea that is not going to be possible to pay for, and he does not believe that the people who are talking about it want to pay.
In 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom commissioned a reparations task force but declined to endorse reparations payments, which the task force said could be as high as $1.2 million per person, for black residents. A proposed reparations coming out of San Francisco is currently estimated to cost $100 billion.
While the call for reparations has gained momentum in some circles, conservatives remain skeptical about its feasibility and effectiveness. They believe that the focus should be on improving the lives of all citizens, including Black Americans, rather than creating more divisions in society.