Published March 27, 2021
CFER Condemns the City’s New “Guaranteed Income” Plan as Unconstitutional and Immoral
For Immediate Release
March 27, 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA -- March 27, 2021- Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf recently announced that the city will give 600 low-income families of color $500 a month for the next year and half to help those with young children and close the racial wealth gap. Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER) denounces the City of Oakland for blatantly violating the state constitution and the principle of equal treatment regardless of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.
"We are deeply alarmed that the largest East Bay city is openly disregarding our state constitution and rewarding racial favoritism," commented Frank Xu, President of CFER, "It is also immoral for the City of Oakland to treat its residents differently on the basis of race or skin color. We urge the City to promptly rescind the plan and ensure that it does not institute illegal racial preferences."
Under the pretense of racial equity, Oakland's "Guaranteed Income" pilot plan will limit participation to families from Black, Indigenous and people of color communities. Based on crude statistical estimations of median income by race in the Oakland Equity Index report, the City arbitrarily determines that all white families are well-to-do and don't need extra assistance. But the Index also finds that 8.4% of the city's white residents live at or below the poverty line. While not a majority of the city's socioeconomically disadvantaged population, these residents are being unfairly denied equal access to public support.
CFER implores Mayor Schaaf to reevaluate this income plan and reverse course. All socioeconomically disadvantaged families and individuals regardless of race or color deserve reasonable assistance.
About Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER):We are a non-partisan and non-profit organization established following the defeat of Proposition 16 in 2020, with a mission to defend and raise public awareness on the cause of equal rights through public education, civic engagement and community outreach. In 1996, California became the first U.S. state to amend its constitution by passing Proposition 209 to ban racial discrimination and preferences. Prop. 209 requires that “the state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.” CFER is dedicated to educating the public on this important constitutional principle of equal treatment.