A Denver metropolis council consultant looking for re-election proposed taxing “White-led companies” and redistributing the wealth to minorities as reparations for the hurt of capitalism.

“Capitalism was constructed on stolen land, stolen labor and stolen sources. And a examine immediately couldn’t undo the cumulative impression of generations of that stolen wealth in all of these classes,” Denver councilwoman Candi CdeBaca mentioned throughout a political discussion board Friday.

CdeBaca mentioned there have been present buildings “that might be flipped” to compensate for land, labor and sources allegedly misplaced because of racism. 

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The discussion board was hosted by The Better Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance — a company of Black clergy devoted to civil rights and social justice — and included a number of candidates looking for to symbolize a district that features a part of the historic downtown Denver space. 

CdeBaca proposed altering an present enterprise enchancment district (BID) within the economically depressed 5 Factors neighborhood inside her district to gather taxes solely from White-owned companies within the metropolis and redistribute the funds to companies owned by Black and Brown people.

“As a substitute of a BID gathering further taxation from the Black and Brown companies which can be struggling, you can be gathering these further taxes from White-led companies everywhere in the metropolis and redistributing them to Black and Brown owned companies who are usually not a part of it or who’re merely simply Black- or Brown-owned. And that is one solution to give again within the enterprise style.”

Different reparations proposals, like Denver’s Every day Fundamental Revenue program, don’t go far sufficient to handle the construction of racism, in keeping with CdeBaca. One proposal, which focuses on giving every day primary revenue and primarily reaches homeless folks, as an example, would not go far sufficient.

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“Reparations’ purpose shouldn’t be survival, it ought to be repairing the hurt, which is this whole economic system,” CdeBaca mentioned.

One among CdeBaca’s opponents on the discussion board defended the 5 Factors BID as truly serving to present Black enterprise house owners, setting off a tiff between the 2 candidates.

“There are Black of us that everyone knows round this desk which can be a part of the BID,” mentioned candidate Darrell Watson. “As a substitute of attacking the BID, take a look at how one can work with them collaboratively. I’ve met and spoke with them, they’re receiving reparations {dollars} from Denver downtown partnership from White company companies to convey to the 5 Factors Hall,” he added. 

Denver City councilor Candi CdeBaca

Denver Metropolis councilor Candi CdeBaca on reparations (Screenshot/TikTok @CandiforCouncil / Fox Information)

“Not all Black folks on this metropolis are struggling to outlive, however each black particular person on this metropolis ought to profit from reparations or any program that’s aiming to do reparatory work,” CdeBaca mentioned as a part of her response.

She additionally took purpose at minority enterprise house owners who participated in financial applications that damage others of their pores and skin colour. 

“Once we take a look at the BID, we had been usually supporting Black enterprise house owners who had been keen to take advantage of different Black enterprise house owners. And that must be known as out, and we have to additionally be sure that we do not stand behind that and be complicit,” CdeBaca mentioned.

After CdeBaca’s feedback had been posted by the favored Twitter account LibsofTikTok, the councilwoman’s workplace defended her place in a written assertion.

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“That is the third time CdeBaca has been focused by a white nationalist mob, and that is a part of a concerted playbook to harass, intimidate, and silence progressives and specifically, marginalized communities,” CdeBaca’s workplace mentioned in a information launch. 

“I cannot be silenced by the far-right playbook,” CdeBaca mentioned within the assertion. “A nuanced dialogue about reparations is important, however that chance has been taken from us by the right-wing outrage machine. This sort of dialogue shouldn’t be going to occur on this media panorama.”

CdeBaca has been known as “Denver’s AOC” — a reference to progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. — and was first elected to the Denver metropolis council in 2019. Denver’s municipal elections shall be held June 6.