Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, and the Second Gentleman, gave a $1,000 check to a San Francisco church that is pushing for the reparations of African-Americans for their slavery. The pastor of the Third Baptist Church in San Francisco, Rev. Amos Brown, has called conservative critics of reparations "personification of evil." He has also helped push for the city's call for reparations.
“Nobody but us were enslaved for 240 years.”
— Rev. Dr. Amos C. Brown, Third Baptist Church of S.F. pic.twitter.com/ONegOjw3B1
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) June 16, 2021
Governor Gavin Newsom established the Task Force on Reparations after ordering an investigation.
When Harris filed her tax returns, she listed the church's donation as a reduction in her tax liability. Taxpayers can also claim charitable deductions if they give to charity. However, the church has been criticized for its ties to controversial groups. One of these groups is the California Reparations Task force, which was hosted by the Third Baptist Church. The pastor of the church, who is associated with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, has a long history of anti-white and anti-Semitic statements.
Since 1976, Brown has led the church. In 2001, he made a controversial statement during a memorial service for the victims of the 9/11 attacks. He said that America deserved to be attacked. Although it's no surprise that Harris gave to a church that shares her political beliefs, the church's history of problematic ties and controversial speakers should cause concern. Conservatives believe that her decision to support a group that promotes controversial views shows a lack of judgment.
While the Democrats have supported the idea of reparations for African-Americans, Harris' connection to the church could be seen as a potential issue with future proposals.
Source: The Daily Caller