San Francisco reparations panelist says straight white men are…
A member of San Francisco’s slavery reparations committee blasted straight white men as a “danger to society” — and claimed “white supremacy is ingrained in the DNA” of America.
Nikcole Cunningham, who serves on the California city’s 15-person African American Reparations Advisory Committee, launched the broadside against straight white men in an interview with The Daily Telegraph.
“Straight white men are abusive. Straight white men are serial killers,” Cunningham told the news outlet. “They have the most — I watch these shows — the most serial killers. Straight white men are the ones who are shooting up schools, right?
“So they are a danger to society,” she said, adding: “Not all of them.”
Cunningham also claimed that “white supremacy is ingrained in the DNA in this country and definitely in this city.”
The committee — which was established in 2020 to advise officials on how to address discrimination — seeks to grant each eligible black resident $5 million in reparations for slavery.
Cunningham told the Telegraph that white people should be held accountable for the actions of slave owners as they are “still benefiting from the harms that… [their] ancestor[s] caused.”
She slammed white men for not backing reparations.
“They’re not doing that. So if anything, they pose more of a harm than support and help. And then you got to remember their ancestors … are the ones who were standing out here in their Sunday best watching black people hang and burn,” Cunningham told the outlet.
“So until white people come to grips with their ancestry too and make amends with them, to say, I want to be the change,” added Cunningham, who was reportedly appointed to the committee because she is suing the city, her former employer, for discrimination.
She is alleging that she was targeted because she is disabled, according to the outlet.
Critics responded to her comments, saying she was being hypocritical.
“Bigotry of any kind is unacceptable,” one Twitter user wrote.
Another added, “It’s pretty disgusting to hear these people spew racism such as white men are no good. There are good and bad people of all skin colors.”
“This is racism at its highest and gravely offensive,” a third Twitter user wrote.
Last week, the reparations task force handed lawmakers its draft report.
Under its eligibility requirements for the money, residents must be over 18, identify as black for at least 10 years and meet at least two of eight tests, including being descended from slaves or having been “incarcerated by the failed War on Drugs,” the outlet said.
The draft report reportedly cites other groups that have received similar payments, including Japanese Americans interned during World War II and Holocaust victims.
In addition to the San Francisco reparations committee, a California-wide task force was set up by Gov. Gavin Newsom for similar purposes, according to the outlet.
Cunningham compared the reparations sum to the more than $100 billion President Biden has given to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion.
“No one asked us, ‘Hey, Nikcole, can we send this money to Ukraine?’ They just found the money and sent it,” she told the Telegraph.
Cunningham’s incendiary comments are likely to inflame tensions between advocates and skeptics of the reparations plan, the outlet noted.