Eric Adams is backing a controversial bill that will determine whether black New Yorkers deserve reparations for slavery
- Mayor Eric Adams Supports the ‘Spirit and Intent’ of New York’s Black Reparations Act
- Sideya Sherman said the controversial bill should be amended to avoid overlapping with two similar state laws
- It is unclear how much would be spent on reparations in New York. Economists in California found that as much as $800 billion would be needed for payouts.
New York Mayor Eric Adams’ office says it supports the “spirit” of legislation that could ensure black New Yorkers receive reparations for slavery.
Sideya Sherman, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Equity, said the controversial bill should be amended to avoid overlap with two similar state laws.
The bill, drafted by Councilman Farah Louis to create a task force to study the effects of racial discrimination on the city, could potentially lead to payments being made. The mail reports.
At a City Council hearing on September 19, Sherman said any reparations task force would have to spend up to a year on Louis’ bill before issuing their findings.
She advised while some bills, part of a package of eight addressing City Council legislation, hoped to address “racial injustices,” Mayor Adams and her office support their “spirit and intent.”
Mayor Eric Adams Supports the ‘Spirit and Intent’ of New York’s Black Reparations Act
A large crowd of protesters wearing masks and holding signs reading ‘Reparations Now’ as they walk through neighborhoods at the Black Lives Matter protest in Bayside
While it is unclear how much would be spent on reparations in New York, economists in California found that as much as $800 billion would be needed for payouts.
The estimate is more than 2.5 times California’s $300 billion annual budget, and does not include the recommended $1 million per older Black resident because of health disparities that have shortened their average lifespan.
Last month, a poll found that more than half of California voters do not support cash reparations for slavery — after Governor Newsom’s task force recommended residents receive $5 million in benefits.
The survey found there is a potential problem for lawmakers as they consider recovery measures in the state next year.
Governor Gavin Newsom created a reparations task force, which proposed awarding $5 million to every Black resident.
It also believes that those entitled to the money should have their personal debts forgiven and guaranteed an income of $97,000 for 250 years and $1 homes.
A UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies survey commissioned by the Los Angeles Times found that 59 percent of voters oppose cash payments.
After two years of deliberation, the task force sent a final report and recommendations to the state capital, where a decision on the matter will be made.
The group suggested that cash payments to all descendants should be based on health disparities, mass incarceration and overpolicy, as well as housing discrimination.
A maximum of $13,619 is recommended for health disparities per year the person has lived in California – which was calculated by comparing life expectancy between black non-Hispanic and white non-Hispanic Californians.
Eligible descendants are recommended to receive $2,352 for mass incarceration, and the housing discrimination rate is $3,378 per year between 1933 and 1977, if they lived in California.
It comes as Adams met with migrants in Ecuador but did not tell them not to come to the Big Apple.
Adams greeted residents of a family shelter in Quito as part of his tour of Latin America, during which he allegedly planned to deter asylum seekers from entering the US.
But employees at the Fundación Gotitas de Oblación, where Adams spent about an hour with 10 migrant families, were surprised to learn that Adams was intended to deter people from going to Gotham. The mail reports.
New York Mayor Eric Adams met with migrants at a family shelter in Ecuador
It is unclear how much would be spent on reparations in New York; economists in California found that as much as $800 billion would be needed for payouts
“I didn’t know anything about that,” one of the shelter supervisors said through an interpreter.
“He just came and said, well done.”
Employees claimed Adams was eager to learn about the nonprofit shelter and the services it provides, and how they help migrants find jobs and homes.
A worker who gave Adams a tour of the facility claimed the mayor had never spoken about migrants — or about the U.S.