On Friday, Democratic Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti admitted that George Soros had pushed him to fund the far-left reparations program.
Garcetti’s admission came the same day he announced the formation of the L.A. Reparations Advisory Commission, which will develop “a pilot reparations program targeted at a cohort of Black Angelenos.”
According to the Dailywire, Garcetti indicated in an interview with the New York Times that Soros’ international grantmaking network was one of “many” private groups eager to sponsor such an attempt. He went on to say that he hoped banks and corporations would step forward “to start making amends and to push this movement forward.” Giving the money would allow Garcetti to “recognize a complicity that we saw in American capitalism, slavery, and post-slavery racism.”
According to the Times piece, “the commission would have to decide exactly who would benefit from a local reparations program and how any financial compensation would be paid.”
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Commission members, which were named by Garcetti and Black City Council members, include Michael Lawson, a former ambassador and head of the Los Angeles Urban League; Khansa Jones-Muhammad, co-chair of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Assembly of American Slavery Descendants; Mandla Kayise, an expert on economic and land use development; Cheryl Harris, a leading scholar of critical race theory and systemic discrimination at UCLA School of Law; Dr. Katrina VanderWoude, president of Los Angeles Trade-Technical College; Charisse Bremond-Weaver, president chief executive of Brotherhood Crusade; and Mark Wilson, founding executive director of the Coalition for Responsible Community Development.
Garcetti said the L.A. advisory commission will not look at “all racism” but will “look specifically at reparations around where laws held back” Black Angelenos’ ability to build wealth.
Garcetti also announced the creation of the National Coalition of Mayors Organized for Reparations and Equity. The 11 mayors from cities including Denver, Austin, Texas, St. Paul, Minn., and Sacramento committed to establishing advisory commissions in their own cities that would also probe making pilot programs.
Garcetti’s announcements came a day after President Joe Biden signed a bill into law establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
During a virtual press conference on Friday with mayors of other cities who have committed to lead reparations pilot programs, Garcetti said, “to address racism in America, America has to address racism.”
“This year has shown us in some of the starkest possible terms that while America is a land of opportunity for some, it remains a place of injustice, inequality, and indignity for too many of our black brothers and sisters,” he continued. “It remains unequal for the descendants of those who were forced onto slave ships, uprooted from their lives, uprooted from their loves, stripped of their humanity and their dignity and their rights.”
Garcetti said pilot programs in cities would be a model for the federal government.