Denver City Council Member: Tax White-Owned Businesses And Give It To Black, Brown-Owned Businesses
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Denver city councilwoman, Candi CdeBaca, is arranged for a photograph as a snowstorm moves through the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood on Thursday, November 17, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. This is basically at the border of the neighborhood looking back toward new development in progress but separated by a train line.
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Democrat Denver City Council member Candi CdeBaca advocated this week for taxing white-owned businesses and giving that money to black and brown-owned businesses as a form of reparations.

CdeBaca is an unabashed communist, proudly declaring back in 2019 that she “believe[s] in community ownership of land, labor, resources, and distribution of those resources” and that she was “excited to usher it in by any means necessary.”

CdeBaca claimed during the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance Forum on Thursday that “capitalism was built on stolen land, stolen labor, and stolen resources.

“And a check today could not undo the cumulative impact of generations of that stolen wealth in all of those categories,” she continued. “And so I think it has to come in the form of land, labor, and resources in an ongoing fashion. And there are structures that we have that could be flipped to begin to do that reparations.”

CdeBaca claimed that an economic development plan for the Five Points neighborhood was stealing from the businesses there because it would increase taxes.

“Instead of a bid collecting extra taxation from the black and brown businesses that are struggling, you could be collecting those extra taxes from white-led businesses all over the city and redistributing them to black and brown-owned businesses, who are not part of the bid, or who are simply just black or brown owned,” she said. “And that’s one way to give back in the business form fashion. I think when we talk about resources being returned, this is where consumer-owned or municipally-owned resources are important.”


CdeBaca also pushed for giving checks “in an ongoing fashion” to black and brown people as a form of reparations.

“And we need to go far beyond welfare wages and go to prosperous wages because we don’t want to just survive anymore and reparation’s goal should not be survival, it should be repairing the harm, which is this entire economy,” she said.


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