San Francisco's panel on reparations revealed on Tuesday that they did not use a “math formula” when calculating its recent recommendation that qualifying black residents should receive $5 million each.

In January, the city's African American Reparations Advisory Committee unveiled its recommendation, arguing that the city owed compensation to Black residents for decades of discrimination, even though slavery was never legal in San Francisco. 

Committee chair Eric McDonnell told The Washington Post, "There wasn’t a math formula. It was a journey for the committee towards what could represent a significant enough investment in families to put them on this path to economic well-being, growth, and vitality that chattel slavery and all the policies that flowed from it destroyed." 

City supervisors claim that the proposal is unrealistic even though not all the city's 50,000 black residents would qualify for the full $5 million payment.