Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America via Wikimedia Commons

A first-in-the-nation task force appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom held its inaugural meeting on Tuesday to begin creating proposals to make reparations to African-Americans for slavery.

“As our country reckons with our painful legacy of racial injustice, California again is poised to lead the way towards a more equitable and inclusive future for all,” Governor Newsom said.


Secretary of State Shirley Weber introduced AB 3121, which “established the Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans, with a Special Consideration for African Americans Who are Descendants of Persons Enslaved in the United States (Task Force).”

Newsom signed the bill last September and appointed nine task force members, who are descended from slaves and are now prominent academics, politicians, and lawyers. 

“You’re here today not just to sit and answer to say was their harm, but your task is to determine the depth of the harm, and the ways in which we are to repair that harm,” Weber told them at the meeting. “There has been enough research for the fact that slavery still has an impact today.” 

They will study the effects of slavery on the African-American population and summarize the discrimination against Black people in the law, along with the public and private sectors. They are then supposed to recommend “remedies,” which will include the “form of compensation” that they should award and who should be eligible to receive it.  

The group has a year from the first meeting to provide a written report of its discoveries and recommendations. Afterward, the state will need to pass a bill to approve their suggested remedies.  

Critics have pointed out that California itself did not support slavery, and shouldn’t have to pay reparations, but task force members say they have been restricted by discriminatory laws and outright racist policies that stopped them from buying homes and securing bank loans.  

“We have lost more than we have ever taken from this country. We have given more than has ever been given to us,” remarked state Sen. Steven Bradford, who is a member of the task force.     

Tuesday’s meeting coincided with President Joe Biden commemorating the hundred-year anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre, the largest racially motivated killings in U.S. history.  



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Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
1 year ago

If they could show me one living person of color that was a slave before Lincoln freed them I would be totally on board with reparations. But until then….

Brenda
Brenda
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

AMEN!!!

vladimir
vladimir
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

The hard working tax paying Americans are slaves more than any one living person of color that was a slave before republican Lincoln freed them, that imagine they are alive today .

paul
paul
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

What about the White Slaves ?

mary Purington
mary Purington
1 year ago

what a crock of garbage–for one thing it will never pass thru Ca legislature
even in Ca–people will see the actual insanity of it all—-America has done
so much for black people–they can get bank loans easier than I can—they live
in the suburbs, they even have accountants and lawyers–alot of them are
accountants and lawyers–hell most of the mayors are black and women
and look at all the police chiefs–men and women of color—it’s all a big
lie starting with George Floyd’s death–not murder and BLM!!

typicalwhiteguy
typicalwhiteguy
1 year ago
Reply to  mary Purington

I wouldn’t be so sure about the Kommiefornia legislature. It is one of the most far left, corrupt state legislatures in the country and it has a permanent democrap majority.

susan
susan
1 year ago

You can bet Nancy Pelosi is behind this crap.

mojo
mojo
1 year ago
Reply to  mary Purington

Add the fact that negros comprise only 13% of the population of the U.S. and 85% of the over paid atheletes are black and 80% of the commercials on tv are either black or black on white, which they despise, plus add to that fact after the civil war, blacks and carpet baggers were GIVEN MOST WHITE PEOPLES properties and monetary possesions by lincoln and the union government of the times.
The north brags about its victory of the civil war but It took four years and 27 days for the union to cause the surrender of , not defeat, of 11 Southern States, lincoln declared an insurrection as the reason the union invaded the South.
Seems to me they owe WHITE PEOPLE reparations for things which their so called slaves were already over compensated.

Brenda
Brenda
1 year ago
Reply to  mojo

YES!!! Do we forget,, white people were servants too!

paul
paul
1 year ago
Reply to  Brenda

WERE ? There are still White Slaves !

Ellen
Ellen
1 year ago
Reply to  mojo

Amen sister !

Hound dog
Hound dog
1 year ago
Reply to  mojo

40 acres and a mule.

Bill
Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  mary Purington

That is not what bite-me said.

paul
paul
1 year ago
Reply to  mary Purington

If America had spent the Money on ” ALL Americans ” the way they have on ” Certain Americans ” WE Would be the Greatest Nation on Earth instead of a Crumbling Nation , Bleeding from Debt to China . No Longer Energy independent . Sending Billions of borrowed Money to Iran .

Ellen
Ellen
1 year ago
Reply to  mary Purington

I agree with you totally ….. the problem with Black families and communities, is that the stories of slavery and The injustice has been passed down from generation to generation. The stories have been told over and over again. Now, the younger generation are a generation of militants and White hating THUGS with revenge always on their mind. They all think they are entitled to beat and murder White people . We forget that every culture of people throughout history have been enslaved , from Irish, British, Jewish, Native American, Chinese etc. no one should receive reparations, we should TEACH HISTORY NOT DESTROY IT !

Artfart
Artfart
1 year ago
Reply to  mary Purington

The folks in Commiefornia have more money than they know what to do with. Besides that, Commie Joe just gave them a huge payout from Federal funds, and I am sure that there is more to come, as Commie Joe and company are printing money out of thin air, like there is no end!

robert mcdermott
robert mcdermott
1 year ago

This is a case of Newsom buying votes before a recall election. Time to get the hell out of CA