In San Francisco, the city’s Board of Supervisors accepted recommendations for a reparations plan that would offer $5 million to each eligible African American resident, among other measures. It was just one of many steps on the way to making reparations a reality for Black San Franciscans but offered new hope for the movement, which regained traction following the 2020 uprising for racial justice. On Tuesday, backers of the reparations plan spoke at the board hearing, including Black police officer Yulanda Williams.
Yulanda Williams: “When my parents migrated here from Louisiana to San Francisco, it was for a hope and a dream that they would be treated fairly and equally. And for them to have had to witness the racial disparity that I received in this city as a peace officer was absolutely atrocious. It is time for you to do the right thing and provide us with the reparations. Make us whole. Make us important in your lives. Black lives matter.”