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 (188)
  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. Min Pen says:

      John if you believe in it, you pay for it.

      This is beyond ridiculous. Let’s not forget blacks who owned slaves such as Kamala Harris’s ancestors. What then do you do with a multi-racial person with ancestors from the KKK and black slave traders? Should only descendants of white Democrat, KKK, slave-owners be forced to pay? Would it be unjust to take money from descendants of Abolitionist and those white Republican men who gave up their lives to free blacks? How do minority Americans play into this? Will people be forced to take blood tests to determine whether they were descendants of the slaves or slave traders? Let’s face it, this is beyond ludicrous.

      Isn’t welfare, Section 8 a form of reparition? What did giving people free money do? It gave people a feeling of ENTITLEMENT. Now they are NOT satisfied and feel entitled to more of other people’s money and are boldly advocating Socialism. Why are they entitled to something they did not work for? I say no more freebies. Let’s stop rewarding the LAZY. Let’s stop all this “victim-hood” nonsense. The Bible says, “You don’t work, you don’t eat.” The government should make people work for their welfare money whether it’s cleaning toilets or cleaning park benches, something, anything! Remember this, if a person is desensitized, demoralized at the thought of taking money other people worked for, (legally stealing), they will feel free to steal, to loot, to kill. Look at the riots. I rest my case.

      1. Jack Worthington says:

        Politics is violence; political government is immoral; it loots A to satisfy B; it is Satanic; it pits one neighbor against his neighbor; it is wicked/evil; it is the bane and pain of mankind; it is not Christian. 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 Amerikan Civil War. The Democrats in particular are infected and infested with anti-Christian commie/socialist filth and the majority voted for them. Voting is in fact sinful as it sanctions the use of force/violence/aggression. It will be a great day when people refuse to participate in the wickedness of politics and cease voting. Check out Ted R. Weiland’s messages.
        The Christian Perspective
        Chapter 12
        Amendment 2: Constitutional vs.
        Biblical Self-Defense

        A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

        [My comment: The militia preceded the formulation of the constitution. Every man who was a member of the militia was responsible for bringing his own gun(s) and powder and bullets; the state or county or government had no responsibility to provide such. Hence, it is a fallacy that somehow the government should regulate the militia is an absurdity and an immorality that anyone should suggest so. It is patently illogical that government should regulate the militia or anyone who is allegedly free as regulated freedom is oxymoronic. Read on and the truth shall set you free. – JW]
        Few Americans are more strident about their constitutional rights, particularly the Second Amendment guarantee to keep and bear arms, than are hunters and gun enthusiasts. Some of the most powerful Washington special-interest groups are organizations (such as the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America) formed to protect these rights. As a gun owner and hunter, I am very concerned about my “right” to keep and bear arms. However, as the Christian head of my home, I am much more concerned about my God-required responsibility to keep and bear arms for the protection of my family, home, and possessions. I am not a Second Amendment advocate. Americans who tout the Second Amendment as their authority to keep and bear arms may ultimately do more harm than good to their so-called right.
        Because this is a “right” codified by the United States Constitutional Republic and thereby brought under its jurisdiction, the Constitutional Republic can divest its citizens of this right – something it has been doing incrementally for some time. On June 26, 2008, in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S., the Supreme Court decided, five to four, that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own and bear firearms. Although gun owners hailed Heller a victory, this battle (which is far from over) concerning the constitutional right to bear arms has diverted our attention from the larger and more consequential battle.
        Disconcerting as many Americans may find the erosion of the Second Amendment guarantee, what is even more disturbing is that five people have the power to decide whether United States citizens have the right to protect themselves and their families, to what degree, and with what weapons. The Supreme Court has ruled that Americans have the right to bear arms, but only until they say otherwise. Many Americans who celebrated Heller overlooked the fact that it can – and likely will – be overturned by a future court, just as its decision overturned United States v. Miller, 307 U.S. 174, rendered in 1939. If you look to the Second Amendment for your authority to bear arms, that authority is contingent upon the fickle nature of nine fallible human beings.
        The constitutional right to bear arms is in jeopardy since the Second Amendment could be overturned at any time by future amendment. This was attempted as recently as March 11, 1992, by Democratic Congressman Major Owens of New York, who proposed “…an amendment to the Constitution of the United States repealing the Second Amendment to the Constitution.”1 The well-regulated militia, provided for by the Second Amendment, was, for all practical purposes, terminated long ago.2 [Major Owens was a hate speaking, commie/socialist Democrat, well, IMHO of course. – JW]
        Some Constitutionalists [I call then “Statists” as they meet the criteria that so defines “Statist.”] admit that the Second Amendment did not grant a new right but rather acknowledged an existing right. Although this assertion contains some truth, it does not alter jurisdictional overtones, especially because the constitutional framers did not provide any Biblical basis for this Amendment. Others maintain that the Second Amendment protects our God-given right to self-protection. If this is so, the framers must have believed Yahweh3 was impotent to protect what He gave to us, and that our God-given responsibilities require the Constitution’s sanction and guarantee.
        Robertson v. Baldwin, 165 U.S. 275 (1897), affirms that “the ‘Bill of Rights,’ were [sic] not intended to lay down any novel principle of government, but simply to embody certain guaranties and immunities which we had inherited from our English ancestors” – rather than from Yahweh. Whereas Yahweh’s law does not prohibit a man from carrying a concealed weapon (a precaution that is sometimes warranted), Robertson v. Baldwin goes on to declare, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms (Art. [Amendment] II) is not infringed by laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons….” The framers could have acknowledged the Scriptures as the foundation for this right, which would have alleviated any possibility of edicts prohibiting concealed weapons, but they did not. Instead, they allowed any given Congress to implement firearms restrictions as it sees fit. [And so we see how the colonists allowed Satan to direct their decisions and so supplant Jehovah God’s law. – JW]

      2. Jack Worthington says:

        When the Social Security Act was passed in 1935 and then challenged, the courts noted that there can be no “special welfare” as the constitution only permits “general welfare.” This damned reparations bill is “special welfare” and goes against the intent of the constitution and the court ruling. That said, politics is violence and political government is the bane and pain of mankind; it is not Christian; it is Satan’s rot. These politicians should be given 30 lashes of the Cat O’ Nine Tails and terminated and all benefits rescinded.

    3. Sabbie says:

      How many slaves were there in California?

    4. Joseph Mullinax says:

      We have a problem with sex slavery today . If we can’t stop slavery today ? How can we pay for those sold over a hundred years ago . Considering we have a mix of all races being pimps . How do we choose one race to blame . We can’t change the past .! If we can’t even stop slavery in the present day . Now I know I wasent alive during slavery . So why does my money need to pay for mistakes of the past . Off subject i hate Donold Trump .! But this desperation bill ? Will turn me to vote Trump . Now I condemns white supremacists. But I also refuse to except black racist .! As a kid growing up in the 1970s . Being white made me get ganged by blacks . Because I was crippled made me a target of all races . But because my mom was half black . I was her only blonde hair blue eyed child . I exsperance raceisim from both black and whites . Raceisim belongs souly to the pure breed races only . We that come from mixed realastionships . Our parents loved each other ! They didn’t hate each other’s race .

  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.

  5. Tammy De Long says:

    In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, more than 300,000 white people were shipped to America as slaves. Urchins were swept up from London’s streets to labor in the tobacco fields, where life expectancy was no more than two years. Brothels were raided to provide “breeders” for Virginia. Hopeful migrants were duped into signing as indentured servants, unaware they would become personal property who could be bought, sold, and even gambled away. Transported convicts were paraded for sale like livestock.

    Drawing on letters crying for help, diaries, and court and government archives, Don Jordan and Michael Walsh demonstrate that the brutalities usually associated with black slavery alone were perpetrated on whites throughout British rule. The trade ended with American independence, but the British still tried to sell convicts in their former colonies, which prompted one of the most audacious plots in Anglo-American history.

    cruelty spanning 170 years that has been submerged under the overwhelming memory of black slavery.

    You may as well give every American reparatons. ALL walks of life have been slaves in one way or another and we continue to have slave trade – It is now called “Human Trafficking”. I want to STOP that.

    1. Jack Worthington says:

      Necessity is the excuse for every infringement of human freedom. It is the plea of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. – William Pitt, the elder. The Blacks are perpetuating slavery via the welfare state and the the “statists.” Statism is Satan’s wickedness.
      You’re a Statist if you advocate Statism. Statists believe that…
      1. Bad means are often needed to achieve good ends (the ends justify the means)
      2. The State should initiate force to achieve social goals (aggression/violence is acceptable, i.e. they are immoral, typically this describes politicians, especially commie/socialists and particularly DemonKraits but not limited to them)
      3. People who work for The State can morally do things that would be criminal for others to do (true for many bureaucrats but not all)

      All politicians are Statists. All “supremen” are Statists.

  6. Tammy De Long says:

    1. How do you differentiate those who are descendants of slaves or those who where or the Slave traders? It was black traders, shippers and dealers who rounded up other blacks and sold them. How are you going to know, who are descendants of the victims or the perpetrators?
    2. We cannot continue to go back in history to “pay” for the sins of our fathers. Next thing you know, I will have to pay restitution for my father…it isn’t right. What happened in our history is history and should stay there.
    3. We have more pressing issues that already tax us to the point of crippling us, especially here in California. Where are you going to get this money? CUT more, TAKE more, for people who, themselves, never experienced slaver because we abolished it.
    You can’t fix history. You can change the hear and now for our future. We must stop looking back. That is the issue we have today. Too many people looking back at the horrors of society and not enough looking at the changes and evolution of our society. Not enough looking to make our future better. Something to think about.

    1. Jack Worthington says:

      The Bible teaches us that the sins of the fathers who are unrepentant will be visited upon their children until the 3rd and 4th Generations. We are long past the 4th Generation since slavery ended in 1864 +/-. So, the politicians are treating the symptom and not the root cause of whatever they complain. Politics is violence and political government is the bane and pain of humanity; it is not Christian; it is predicated on looting A to satisfy B; it is immoral; it is anti-Christian; it is commie/socialist.

  7. Dennis Spurlock says:

    I am so tried of this. My family was from Tennessee and lived in worse conditions in the early 1800’s than some slaves. My great grandparents did not even have running water until my grandfather went back and installed plumbing for them in 1969! I inherited nothing. I either had to buy everything I have from other family members or work my butt off to make it myself. All my “White Privileged” has gave me, was the opportunity to work 16 hours a day to pay all of the taxes I have to pay.

    1. Jack Worthington says:

      commie/socialism is predicated on looting A to satisfy B, i.e. commie/socialism is legalized stealing; it is immoral; it is Satan’s work; it is not Christian. This work of the commie/socialist, hate mongering, economics dishonest, immoral Democrats only stirs up racial animosities. Shame on the people who elected these “rats.’

  8. Bert says:

    Didn’t they loot that midtown BevMo enough to get their reparations???

    1. Jack Worthington says:

      The commie/socialist, hate mongering, immoral, economics dishonest, filthy Democrats should be taken to the town square and given 30 lashes each with the Cat O’ Nine Tails. This reparations nonsense is on top of more than a half century of welfare that effected an extension of slavery, slavery on the Democrat’s plantation state. The Bible teaches us that the sins of the fathers who are unrepentant are visited on the children to the 3rd and 4th generations. We are long past the 4th generation limitation. Commie/socialist Democrats are not Christians; they are Satan’s acolytes; they are pure evil.

      1. Bert says:

        Amen, TRUMP 2020!

  9. Kent Krizman says:

    Mandatory random drug testing for Governor Newsom and the California Legislature.

    1. Jack Worthington says:

      Yeah, but then politics is violence and the bane and pain of humanity; it is not Christian; it is diabolical. Treat the disease/wickedness/evil/defect and avoid wasting precious time on symptoms. I see where the Hell’s Angels have performed some vigilantism in kicking the Black Lives Matter commie/socialist out of Placerville, corruptifornia and out of Prescott, Arizona. When government fail, then vigilanties come to the rescue. Time to clear the commie/socialist, immoral, anti-Christian, Democrat rotters out of the Assembly and better yet, terminate/abandon political government in favor of true Christian rulers.

  10. Jim Smith says:

    Some very pertinent comments here. I particularly liked Dennis Spurlock’s post. Does the CA legislature really expect taxpayers like Dennis to pay for this? There are so many cases you could make for other hard done minorities, the list is endless. How about the Italian immigrants treated as second class citizens? This whole exercise is born out of “political correctness” in an attempt to curry favor for corrupt politicians trying to steal from the rest of us. If it goes through, I urge taxpayers to figure out how much of their tax dollars are being “contributed” to this farce and then deduct that amount from their tax bill. Let’s fight this one in numbers.

  11. Cage says:

    Where is the money? How many debt does CA have? Where did the money go? Should we all suffer to pay the money? Tax rate is 13.3% highest is USA. Why don’t they ask people support this to pay as donation instead of forcing all people to suffer.

  12. Grand Master says:

    How about the Chinese who built the railroad?

    1. Jack Worthington says:

      Politics is violence; it is based on the immorality of looting A to satisfy B; political government is the bane and pain of mankind; it is not Christian. Voting is thus an act of violence as it seeks thugs to use force to steal from some and deliver the spoils to others. Revelation teaches us that the troika of evil, that wicked consort of politics, commerce and “false religion,” will be destroyed in the end. We would be wise to terminate/abandon political government and shed the errors of “false religion” practices.

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