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Illegal immigrants who lost work during the Covid-19 lockdown in New York state will receive one-time payments of $15,600.
The payments will come from a $2.1 billion fund as part of the $212 billion budget deal approved by the Democrat-controlled New York state legislature.
Nearly 100,000 undocumented immigrants in New York are eligible for the $15,600 "first tier" payments.
Additionally, 200,000 undocumented immigrants will qualify for the second tier of the program that pays $3,200 per worker.
Americans who were out of work during the lockdown received unemployment benefits and stimulus checks, including a $1,400 stimulus payment recently approved by Congress.
Undocumented workers will collect up to $15,600 if they can prove they were disqualified for unemployment benefits due to their immigration status.
Black Americans who are still waiting for slavery reparations are baffled and confused by NY's $15,600 payments to immigrants.
An emergency medicine doctor in New York sparked fury on social media when he called the Covid-19 mRNA vaccines "reparations for Black people."
Dr. Steven McDonald is a board-certified emergency medicine attending physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
His credentials make him uniquely qualified to comment on Covid-19 vaccines. But he angered social media users when he said Black people should consider the vaccines as "reparations" for 200 years of slavery.
"You can think of the vaccines almost as medical reparations," he told VICE. "It's the 40 acres and a mule, um, but of 2021. So we really should be giving this vaccine preferentially to people of color..."
Doctors and globalists have repeatedly claimed that Blacks and Hispanics are "disproportionately affected" by the coronavirus.
The reaction was swift.
Social media activist Tariq Nasheed tweeted: "So, now vaccines are reparations?"
A Twitter user wrote: "By that logic, the Tuskegee Experiment is “reparations.""
"These people are insane," wrote an Instagram user. "Cut us our checks & we'll do what we need to do for ourselves."
Another commenter wrote: "I just reached out to [Dr. McDonald] to understand his rationale behind that statement. Let's see if he replies. Crazy times we live in."
Meanwhile, the White House on Wednesday announced yet another "study" on reparations for people of color.
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California passed a first-in-the-nation law requiring corporations based in the state to appoint minority or LGBT people to their board of directors.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law on Wednesday. The law forces corporations headquartered in California to appoint Black, Hispanic or Asian people to their board of directors.
The law also requires corporations to appoint at least one member of the LGBT community to its board of directors. Companies that fail to comply could face fines of up to $300,000.
“When we talk about racial justice, we talk about empowerment, we talk about power and we need to talk about seats at the table,” Newsom said before signing the bill.
Assembly Bill 979 requires corporations to have at least one director from an under-represented community by the end of 2021.
Corporations with more than four directors, but fewer than nine, would require a minimum two diverse directors.
A corporation with nine or more directors must have at least three minority or LGBT directors by 2022.
Reparations Task Force
Gov. Newsom also signed a law on Wednesday that calls for a nine-member task force to study how reparations could be paid to Black Californians.
The task force will make recommendations for how the reparations could be paid, such as through compensation, property, mortgage loans, or restitutions.
Additionally, Newsom vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have required all high school students in California to take an ethnic studies course in order to graduate.
Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris is calling for $44 trillion to be paid out as "reparations" to Black Americans who can prove they are descendants of African slavery.
T.I., 39, called for reparations during an appearance on The Breakfast Club on Thursday.
T.I. plans to sit down with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to make his "goal" a reality.
"This is my goal. My goal is to get every black person in America that's a descendant of slavery one million dollars, at least. That'll take about 44 trillion. So that's my goal, so I'm working up on 44 trillion."
He also called for Black ADOS to spend their money at Black businesses only.
"Everything black people spend money on, it should be a black company that provides it," he said. "If we make up for 13 percent of this nation's population, we should make up for 13 percent of the ownership of land. We should be representing at least 13, 14 percent on boards, financial institutions, and so on and so forth. That should be persistent or consistent throughout, but it is not."
Co-host Charlamagne tha god agreed, saying "militias" and "white supremacists" are going crazy in America.
"You spoke about the militias and the white people going crazy," said T.I. "This is only happening because they see that their position is dwindling. This is only happening because they're becoming irate, because it's becoming known that the hateful racist whites, their run is over. Period. Their run is over. The jig is up."
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The city of Asheville, North Carolina becomes the first city in America to approve reparations for the descendants of African slaves.
Officials apologized for the city's historic role in slavery and discrimination after the City Council voted unanimously to provide reparations to Black citizens on Tuesday.
"Hundreds of years of black blood spilled that basically fills the cup we drink from today," said Councilman Keith Young, one of two Black council members and the chief architect of the resolution.
"It is simply not enough to remove statues. Black people in this country are dealing with issues that are systemic in nature," Young said.
The resolution will not provide direct cash payments but it will mandate investments in areas where Black people face disparities, such as home ownership.
Black people will be given the same priorities as whites for bank loans to increase minority business and homeownership, CBS News reports.
The resolution will also close gaps in health care, education and pay for Black people.
The vote comes a month after thousands of protesters called for the Asheville Police Department to be defunded in the aftermath of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.
BET founder Bob Johnson has the ear of the President of the United States. So when he announced his plans to ask the U.S. government to pay $14 trillion in reparations for slavery, he got everyone's attention.
Johnson and President Donald Trump are close friends. When Mr. Johnson talks, Trump listens.
Until now, reparations paid to Black people for slavery was just a pipe dream or a political talking point to draw in Black voters.
In an appearance on CNBC's "Squawk Box," Johnson said $14 trillion in "wealth transfer" to Black people is necessary to close the gap between the haves and the have nots.
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"Now is the time to go big" Johnson said on CNBC. "Wealth transfer is what's needed," he contended. "Think about this. Since 200-plus-years or so of slavery, labor taken with no compensation, is a wealth transfer. Denial of access to education, which is a primary driver of accumulation of income and wealth, is a wealth transfer."
Johnson said he had a plan for reparations on his website since last year. "I'm not new to this challenge," said the 74-year-old media mogul. "I'm talking about cash. We are a society based on wealth. That's the foundation of capitalism."
Presumptive Democratic candidate Joe Biden has voiced his opposition to slavery reparations. Which means Johnson will have his best shot at getting reparations approved while Trump is still in office.
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The Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois has voted to tax the sale of marijuana to fund reparations for Black residents.
The council voted 8 to 1 on Nov. 25 to implement a 3% tax on marijuana to fund the reparations plan.
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The city plans to generate $500,000 and $750,000 through marijuana tax revenue each year. The city can also receive outside donations to the reparations fund.
Robin Rue Simmons, a black alderman who represents the city's historically Black Fifth Ward, says the fund will benefit residents affected by the war on drugs.
"Our community was damaged due to the war on drugs and marijuana convictions," she told The Washington Post. "This is a chance to correct that. Our disadvantage and discrimination has continued beyond outlawing Jim Crow and beyond enslavement."
The new reparations fund will allow Black residents to remain in their neighborhood. High property taxes in the wealthy North Shore suburb forced Black residents out of their homes.
Simmons added that the reparations fund will help families with a down payment on a home that they couldn't otherwise afford.
A meeting will be held on Dec. 11 to work out the details.
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