In a recent episode of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher discussed San Francisco’s controversial reparations plan with former presidential candidate Andrew Yang and Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin.
The plan proposes to provide each Black resident with $5 million, which Maher and his guests deemed excessive.
Maher highlighted that San Francisco doesn’t have a history of slavery and that implementing the plan would cost every remaining citizen $600,000.
Yang, known for his support of a universal basic income policy, also found the proposal to be excessive.
The panel agreed that many politicians appear more focused on creating political statements and stirring up social media debates than on genuinely helping the American people.
During the discussion, Maher also mentioned a recent incident at Stanford University, where progressive law students disrupted a lecture by Trump-appointed federal Judge Kyle Duncan.
The law school’s dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Tirien Steinbach, sided with the protesters rather than supporting the speaker’s right to free speech. Slotkin argued that college campuses should foster free speech, regardless of political affiliation.
However, she criticized Judge Duncan for not pushing through the disruption.
Maher pointed out that it was nearly impossible for the speaker to continue due to the commotion, and expressed disappointment in Steinbach’s support for the protesters over the speaker.
Finally, Maher brought up the University of Michigan’s employment of 142 diversity, equity, and inclusion staff members.
He questioned if this trend had become a self-sustaining industry. While Slotkin defended the practice, Maher remained unconvinced.