San Francisco Issues "Apology" To Black Residents For Historic Racism

By Greg Moriarty | Friday, 01 March 2024 04:30 PM
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The city of San Francisco issued a formal apology to its black residents on Tuesday, acknowledging the historical impact of racism.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors, a body comprising 11 Democrats, unanimously passed a resolution expressing remorse for past discriminatory practices.

The resolution specifically addresses redlining policies, the destruction of black neighborhoods, and other measures that hindered the accumulation of wealth by Black San Franciscans, contributing to "structural racism." Supervisor Shamann Walton, the resolution's proponent, welcomed its long-overdue approval but emphasized that more actions are necessary.

While celebrating the resolution's passage, Supervisor Walton highlighted the need for substantial and ongoing investments in Black communities to rectify historical injustices. San Francisco's apology aligns it with Boston, which has also formally acknowledged its history of racism.


This apology marks the initial phase of San Francisco's reparations process overseen by the African American Reparations Advisory Committee. The committee has recommended a $5 million lump-sum payment to eligible black residents as restitution for past racial injustices. Although the committee's chairman, Eric McDonnell, acknowledged the absence of a precise calculation for this figure, he emphasized the importance of providing a significant investment to empower affected families economically.