San Francisco apologizes to its black residents for city’s history of ‘systemic and structural racism’

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a resolution apologizing to its black residents for the city’s hand in perpetuating “institutional racism” and discrimination. 

“On behalf of the City and County of San Francisco, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors offers its deepest apologies to all African Americans and their descendants who came to San Francisco and were victims of systemic and structural discrimination, institutional racism, targeted acts of violence, and atrocities,” the resolution states. 

“San Francisco has a long history of creating and/or enforcing laws, policies, and institutions that have perpetuated racial inequity in our city, much of which is difficult to document due to historical erasure.”

The apology follows the San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee’s demand that the city should pay $5 million in cash
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