Bill Maher Rips Into Massive San Francisco Reparations Proposal: 'This Is Madness'


Comedian Bill Maher is blasting a massive reparations proposal in San Francisco, calling it “crazy.”

During a segment of HBO’s “Real Time” Friday, Maher asked former Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang and Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) if a $5 million reparations proposal goes “too far.”

“I don’t know much about it,” Slotkin responded.

Maher noted there is a proposal to give $5 million to each Black resident in the city.

Additionally, they could buy a house in the city limits for $1.

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Yang quipped, “Even I didn’t go this far.”

The host said, “When people ask, ‘Why are you talking against the woke craziness?’ Because it’s crazy, is it not crazy?… By the way, San Francisco doesn’t have a history of slavery.”

“It would cost every citizen left $600,000 each. This is madness, is it not?” he insisted.

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Yang dismissed it as a “proposal that’s unfunded” and more of a “political statement.”

“We have a lot of people at various stages of public office who are putting out bills and policies that are more for the messaging and stoking the fires on social media than trying to get something passed,” he added.

On Tuesday, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to accept 100 recommendations for reparations.

One of those included the plan Maher criticized.

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Along with the $5 million payment and $1 housing, the plan would also wipe out all debt for Black residents, including credit cards and student loans.

It would also give Black residents an annual income of at least $97,000 for the next 250 years.

While it was one of the recommendations accepted, NPR noted, “The move by the board was largely procedural – an intermediate step in a much longer process. It does not bind the city to any of the ideas presented in the 60-page proposal by the San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee, which in 2020 was tasked with addressing ‘the institutional, City sanctioned harm that has been inflicted upon African American communities.'”

There will be a final report on reparations recommendations issued in June with feedback from the city’s board of supervisors.

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