California Mayor Announces $500-per-Month ‘Guaranteed Income’ Program, Struggling White Families Not Allowed to Participate


It’s perhaps the most California thing ever. In Oakland, the city is trying out a $500 “guaranteed income” program. Oakland Resilient Families, which is raising money through private donors, currently has $6.75 million in its coffers, and it’s going to give it all away to struggling families. If you’re a struggling family in the Bay Area city, you can get paid each month with no strings attached on how you spend it. There is one very big string attached to who gets it, though: You can’t be white. According to The Associated Press, the program, which was announced Tuesday by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, will give money only to “low-income families of color.” “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,” Schaaf said.

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