Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks a press conference at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)
UPDATED 12:20 PM PT – Sunday, June 20, 2021
As Americans spent the first federally recognized Juneteenth celebrating the blessings of liberty being afforded to all citizens, some cities have taken matters a step further. Democrat Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti has recently formed a group with 10 other mayors across the U.S. to push for reparations for slavery.
Mayors Organized for Reparations and Equity (MORE) has claimed all issues facing black Americans today stem from slavery, hence the need for reparations. Garcetti announced reparations programs by MORE will be funded using both private and public funds.
“Let me be clear, cities will never have the funds to pay for reparations on our own,” he expressed. “This is a national conversation.”
Los Angeles already has $500 thousand in tax dollars allocated to its pilot reparations program. George Soros’s Open Society Foundation has recently expressed their desire to invest even more.
Of the 11 cities currently on board with MORE, five of them are in states that didn’t contain any slaves at the time the Civil War began. Garcetti’s home of California infamously became a free state in 1850 as a political counter to the recently admitted slave state of Texas.
The Los Angeles mayor went on to claim his role for this issue as being an American leader rather than a Californian leader.
“…To address racism in America, America has to address racism,” he declared. “…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.”
Currently, MORE’s reparations are limited to pilot programs and commissions to study feasibility. However, with additional funding from the likes of Soros as well as political pressure from mayors like Garcetti, reparations could follow the mayor’s desires and go nationwide.