SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A proposal to establish a task force to study and prepare recommendations for how to give reparations to African Americans passed the California Assembly on Thursday.

The bill advanced with a 56-5 vote as protests nationwide over police brutality re-energized the movement for racial justice and activists pressed for sweeping reforms. It is a top priority for California’s Legislative Black Caucus.

If the bill passes the Senate and is signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, eight people with backgrounds in racial justice reforms would lead a study into who would be eligible for compensation and how it should be awarded.

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Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a Democrat from San Diego who wrote the bill, said the study would reiterate California’s history of abetting slavery, even as it joined the union as a “free state” in 1850.

“The discriminatory practices of the past echo into the everyday lives of today’s Californians,” said Weber, who leads the Legislative Black Caucus.

The panel would start meeting no later than June 2021

Congress last June held the first hearing on reparations in over a decade about a bill to study providing compensation to atone for the country’s history of slavery. But the legislation did not make it to a vote.

The federal government has given reparations before. After 120,000 Japanese Americans were held at internment camps during World War II, the U.S. government apologized and in 1988 paid $20,000 to each surviving victim.

“We seem to recognize that justice requires that those who have been treated unjustly need the means to make themselves whole again,” Weber said.

Another priority of California’s Legislative Black Caucus passed Wednesday when lawmakers approved a proposal to repeal California’s affirmative action ban, passed the Assembly. Voters will decide on the measure in November if the Senate approves the bill by June 25.

Comments (168)
  1. John says:

    I agree with this bill. Every living freed slave should be paid just as was done with the Japanese that were put in camp

    1. Jack Worthington says:

      Heh, heh, heh… Yes, “living” is the qualifier. They be pretty old former slaves. Oh, I know people have claimed that Blacks were held in slavery long after the Civil War ended but they still had to assert their complaint. The Bible teaches us that the sins of the fathers “who are unrepentant” will be visited on the children to the 3rd and 4th generations, We are long past 4 generations since the end of the Civil war.

  2. Warren The Ape says:

    Will there be reparations for the descendants of those soldiers who fought in the Civil War to free the slaves paid for by the descendants of those freed slaves?

    Asking for friends…several tens of millions of said friends.

    1. Jack Worthington says:

      Good point. The reparationista, commie/socialist, hate mongering, immoral, duplicitous, prejudiced, slop-at-the-trough, suck-at-the-golden-teat, parasitic, economics dishonest Democrats are exposed as profoundly wicked/evil.

  3. Ian G says:

    This is utter stupidity! No living slaves, no living slave-owners. No direct descendants! How will this help eradicate racism? Sorry – it creates an entitlement, ripe for corruption. This further keeps black Americans down by establishing an under-class. Only in Kommiefornia!!!

    1. Jack Worthington says:

      Exactly. This is commie/socialist, anti-Christian, hate mongering Democrat, slop-at-the-trough, suck-at-the-golden-teat parasites at work. One must recognize that commie/socialism is diabolical; it is Satan’s band of acolytes out to destroy. It is Democrats that created the welfare state that perpetuates the old style plantation state and ironically it is Blacks that perpetuate their own enslavements.

  4. amazone17 says:

    Not giving restitution to the African Americans will cost America more. Having paid reparation to the Native Americans, the Jews, the Japanese and not the African Americans is a sign of disrespect for the blacks that is outrageous. It is clear that racism and the belief that the African American is an inferior specie and not worth any disbursement. You will note that the Jews and Japanese did not work for America or contribute to its wealth for 3 centuries and yet, they received restitution and yes, they deserved it . So do we! As we are fighting to stay alive and to stop the murders on blacks in America, we should seriously fight for restitution. IT IS THE ONLY SOLUTION. And when it will be done,, America may be on for a beautiful surprise: You many start seeing less and less of that race that you despise so much. The African American could forever leave you in your beautiful half continent to become a fiercely isolated tribe where no one wants to venture. So you see, you have everything to gain.

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