On Friday night’s episode of “Real Time,” host Bill Maher criticized San Francisco’s proposal to offer reparations worth millions of dollars to Black residents.

During a panel discussion with former presidential candidate Andrew Yang and Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., Maher questioned whether the reparation proposal was excessive, suggesting that providing each Black resident with $5 million was a significant amount.

Yang joked that even he didn’t go that far, referring to his universal basic income policy from the 2020 campaign. Maher expressed his opinion that the proposal was a part of “woke craziness” and labeled it as crazy.

Additionally, he highlighted that San Francisco had no history of slavery and that the plan would cost every citizen $600,000, which he deemed as madness.

According to Yang, the reparation proposal is merely a “political statement,” and some lawmakers are more focused on creating policies to generate buzz on social media than passing actual legislation.

Yang shared his perspective with Maher, saying, “We have many individuals in public office who are introducing bills and policies to fuel social media outrage, rather than making a genuine effort to pass meaningful reforms.”

Bill Maher, the host of HBO’s “Real Time,” discussed the recent incident at Stanford University where progressive law students disrupted a speech by Trump-appointed federal Judge Kyle Duncan. The disruption was supported by Tirien Steinbach, the law school’s dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Maher showed a video clip in which Steinbach asked Duncan if his speech was worth the pain it would cause.

Bill Maher expressed his frustration with the disruption of Judge Kyle Duncan’s speech at Stanford University and questioned whether free speech is “worth the pain” it may cause.

He challenged the idea that attending a lecture by someone you disagree with could be considered “painful” and suggested that those who didn’t like Duncan’s speech simply shouldn’t attend. While Rep. Slotkin supported the notion that college campuses should be a place for free speech, she criticized Duncan for being “fragile.” Maher disagreed, arguing that the university failed to defend the speaker and instead defended the hecklers. He then shifted the discussion to the University of Michigan, where he cited a statistic indicating that the school employs 142 DEI staff members.

“That’s a lot, is it not?” Maher reacted. “Has it become a cottage industry? I mean, is it something where these are jobs now? And these people ever gonna want to give up their jobs?”

“I don’t have any problem with any institution looking at themselves and hiring people to do that. I have friends who do it for Fortune 100 companies. It’s a good thing to do that,” Slotkin responded. “I don’t know about 142 jobs, but I don’t have a problem with institutions reflecting and trying to do better in their own way. I don’t have a problem with that. 

During the presidential campaign, Andrew Yang investigated the reasons behind the disproportionate increase in college costs compared to the quality of education. According to him, colleges have become 2.5 times more expensive without a corresponding 2.5 times improvement in quality. Yang attributed this to the hiring of 2.5 times more administrators, resulting in bloat in various areas.