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San Francisco Issues Formal Apology to Black Residents

HeadlineFeb 28, 2024

The city of San Francisco has issued a formal apology to Black residents for supporting policies that perpetuated decades of racism and discrimination. A resolution was unanimously approved by city supervisors Tuesday, apologizing to the African American community and their descendants “for decades of systemic and structural discrimination, targeted acts of violence, atrocities,” said San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton, who was the lead proponent of the resolution and the only Black member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. But racial justice advocates say an apology is not enough, as they continue to pressure San Francisco officials to approve over 100 other proposals for reparations. Boston is the only other U.S. city that has issued a similar apology, while at least nine other states have formally apologized for slavery.

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