This is … well it’s pretty screwed up.

That’s what this is.

Sounds like Oakland will be giving $500 checks to low-income families, on one condition:

From The Daily Mail:

A program to give $500 monthly checks to low-income families of color in Oakland, California, has been criticized for explicitly excluding the 10,000 white residents living in poverty in the city.

The lottery system, funded by private philanthropists, will see the no-strings-attached checks go to households with an annual income of less than $59,000 if they have at least one child. The other half of the $500 checks will go to those earning under $30,000.

No-strings-attached.

Hrm.

Schaaf told the Associated Press the reason for limiting eligibility to black, indigenous, and other people of color was that white households in Oakland make on average about three times as much as black households.

Mayor Schaaf said: ‘We have designed this demonstration project to add to the body of evidence, and to begin this relentless campaign to adopt a guaranteed income federally.’

One commenter labeled it ‘pure racism’.

Because it is.

Way to go, Oakland!

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