Apparently, Oakland, Calif., Mayor Libby Schaaf subscribes to Joe Biden’s accidental definition of poor as synonymous with “not white.” That might explain her announcement on Tuesday of a new program that will put a monthly no-strings-attached $500 check in the pockets of poor families — meaning households with at least one child and an annual income of less than $59,000. There is one other proviso attached to the gift, which is funded by private philanthropists: That is that the recipient must not be white. There are no restrictions whatsoever on how the cash is spent.
Schaaf explained her reason for limiting eligibility to people of color to the Associated Press, noting that white households in Oakland make on average about three times as much as black households. That’s all well and good until you consider that an estimated 10,000 of Oakland’s total population of 435,000 are white and live in extreme poverty, meaning they earn less than $12,880 a year.
Schaaf first made national headlines in 2018 when she tipped off illegals in her city to a planned sweep by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for which she later faced prosecution. She also received considerable blowback after a number of the individuals she tipped off went on to commit new crimes, including murder.
Since that time, Democrats have moved further left as a party, insisting that ICE not be notified even migrants for whom there was a detainer attempted to buy guns. Basic universal income and reparations have also become more widely accepted by the Left as a whole. (RELATED: Black Americans who will get $25,000 in reparations from city say it’s not enough)