Why the NAACP Opposes SF’s Reparations Plan

San Francisco supervisors are considering what would likely be the most dramatic reparations program ever enacted.

A draft proposal, unanimously approved by local leaders last week, would give a one-time $5 million check to every qualifying African-American resident. Each recipient would also see their personal debt erased, they could purchase a home in the city for $1, and they would receive an annual income of $97,000. The cost to taxpayers could be as high as $100 billion. 

The plan has enraged conservative media. But even the National Association of Colored People (NAACP) opposes the idea in its current form. 

In a news release, the local NAACP chapter said it rejects the $5 million individual payments and urged the Board of Supervisors to “redirect its focus.” Instead of checks, the NAACP supports investments in social programs to promote education, fair and affordable housing, healthcare and economic empowerment for Black residents across the board.

"We strongly believe that creating and funding programs that can improve the lives of those who have been impacted by racism and discrimination is the best path forward toward equality and justice," San Francisco NAACP President Amos Brown said in a statement.  

Reactions to the NAACP were harsh. On Twitter, critics accused the organization of selling out.

“Calling for the rejection of reparations is absolutely irresponsible and disgusting on your organization’s part,” one user wrote. “You literally DO NOT speak for Black Americans.”

Another user tweeted: “Abolish the NAACP.”