One of California’s most well-known cities in the Bay Area plans to test-pilot giving a universal basic income to families of color who live in poverty…but not those that are white.
The city of Oakland, California is starting a program called “Oakland Resilient Families” that will give $500 to randomly selected BIPOC, (Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color), families who live in poverty, while all Whites are deemed ineligible because of their skin color.
Under the program sponsored by Family Independent Initiative and Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, 600 low-income Oakland families will receive the stipend unconditionally, without spending restrictions, for at least 18 months. The program is spearheaded by the city of Oakland; however, it is entirely funded by private donors.
According to the city, low-income is defined as “at or below 50% of Area Median Income” which is about $59,000 per year for a family of three. Half of the chosen recipients must fall under the “very-low-income” bracket meaning they earn below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level which is about $30,000 per year for a family of three.
After the city randomly selects 500 families who fall into those income brackets, payments will be issued starting this spring and will be fully up and running by this summer.
Whites need not apply.
Michael Tubbs, founder of one of the program’s co-sponsors Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, said, “By focusing on BIPOC residents, the Oakland Resilient Families program will provide critical financial support to those hardest hit by systemic inequities, including the pandemic’s disproportionate toll on communities of color.”
He explicitly explains that the program excludes Whites because those “hardest hit by systemic inequities” and the coronavirus are people of color.
An inconvenient fact he fails to mention is about 10,000 of Oakland’s near-half million population are Whites who not only live in poverty but also earn less than $12,880 per year, the Daily Mail reported.
Yet they are not eligible simply because they’re not Black, Indigenous, or of Color.
I’m sorry – did we take a step back in time to the 1950s?
Because last I checked, that was the last time we were giving societal benefits to a specific race (Whites) and referring to Black people as “coloreds.”
Except, this time, it’s flipped.
“Colored” people are getting the benefits and White people get nothing because of their inherent privilege, as the Left baselessly claims.
While testing a universal basic income is the last thing we should be doing in America as it opens the door to socialism, we must strictly oppose any government program explicitly treating Whites—or any race—as second-class citizens.
Not to mention, it’s against the law to discriminate against Americans based on race, as stated in the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
The Left must have forgotten what civil rights are, or the events of the 1960s where Blacks and other people of color, gained the right to receive equal treatment under the law with Whites.
The Left is trying to flip the script on Americans and justify the implementation of their blatantly racist programs by making us believe it is just people of color who experience economic disparity. When in reality, Whites live in disadvantaged communities too. While we do have a socioeconomic gap problem in this country, the answer to it is to not promote lifting certain races out of poverty, while leaving others behind.