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. Ron Perry says:

    Lets give the American Indian tribes Reparations first! They have been here longer than the Africans! The American Indians were slaughtered by the U.S. Government! If reparations have to be paid, the first line of business should be to identify those families who owned those slave which most were in the South and make them pay! I think it would be Discriminating to others who had nothing to do with the Africans!

    1. Jack Worthington says:

      How far back do we go? How does anyone hold the present responsible for paying? The Bible teaches that the sins of the father who are unrepentant are visited unto the 3 and 4th generations we are well past that time limit.

  2. Jack says:

    White Christians were taught to feel guilty and dem non whites know how to exploit it. Whites should learn how to stand up for themselves and tell the con tricksters where to go !

  3. Jason Lay says:

    Let me get this straight.

    People who were never Slaves want people who never owned slaves to pay them money for Slavery?

    Wow………………..

    1. snosages says:

      the first people to pay reparations need to be the African states whose tribes fought and captured their fellow blacks and marched them to the coast to be sold to the Arab and European slave traders. Without their co operation only a tiny fraction of the slaves could have been procured, as the blacks living on the coasts could have learned to evade the intruders in time, and white Europeans had not the skill, knowledge, equipment or stamina to tackle going into the inner geography.

      1. Jack Worthington says:

        And you raise another important question: Who owned the ships and financed the slave trade? I’ve read but can’t substantiate my understanding so will not say what I believe.

  4. Lisa says:

    “…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.” SURVIVING VICTIM. We must have some REALLY old people living here, like 170 years old. Hands up…..who’s here has been a slave? ……Anyone……anyone? No? Right.

      1. TiaJ says:

        Horrific…but AGAIN…current Citizens are NOT the ones who did this to Blacks! Today, if that happened — like Sex Slaves — it’s a horrific CRIME and those who are engaging in it should BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE — not US! Are we going to have to pay the people who have suffered at the hands of traffickers? So the travesties that happen to other ethnicities should also be PAID?? Heck don’t think the government could print enough money for that. Slavery and the mentality of slave owners is unfathomable…but there’s NO WAY that we the current citizens should have to PAY for what happened that long ago.

      2. Jack Worthington says:

        The Bible teaches us that the sins of the fathers who are unrepentant will be visited upon the 3 and 4th Generations. We are long past 4 generations since the Civil War. A claim must show either or both personal physical injury or property damage. Who as the claim? Let him step forth and prove his alleged claim.

  5. WJack97224 says:

    The Bible teaches that the sins of the fathers who are unrepentant can visit even to the 3rd and 4th generations. We are long past 4 generations since the Civil War. Also, 3 or 4 witnesses to any alleged crime must appear. The witnesses to any crime from prior to the Civil War are long dead. Finally, one must make a claim and that means he must show personal physical injury and/or property damage. Where is the factual evidence? In fact, where is the factual evidence that the manmade constitution and “law” apply to me just because I am physically present in some commie/socialist, immorally run state like corruptifoirnia I am not accountable for the alleged sins of people 8 generations ago! How far back do these lunatics want to go? Maybe all North America must be vacated and returned to those of Native Indian heritage?

  6. Bad Penguin says:

    California is Broke. Were are they going to get the money?

  7. Bad Penguin says:

    BTW this is also called VOTE BUYING.

  8. sio83 says:

    I’m white and my husband’s black.What happens to us?

    1. Jack Worthington says:

      The mistake/error/immorality of Amerikans is demanding that political government tell us how to live. It is immoral to loot A to satisfy B; taxation is theft. Sanctioning government to steal via taxation and turn over the funds to others engages politicians in crime. So, deal with the root cause and avoid wasting time on symptoms of the “illness.” 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 heed the message and terminate/abandon political government a it is immoral; it is organized crime.

  9. ct says:

    enough is enough give it break blacks werent the only slaves there were white slaves slavery been gone for 100s of years i never owned slaves my forefthers didnt own slaves they were hard working people we dont owe you anything go back and look at your history african tribes fight other african tribes the winner sold the loser to the ship captains so who owned you first other blacks before white people

    1. Jack Worthington says:

      We would be wise to terminate/abandon political government as they are the bane and pain of humanity; they are diabolical. Attack the root cause of the illness” and avoid squandering time on symptoms. The hate mongering commie/socialist Democrat just distract us from coming to grips with the utter evil of political government.

  10. Clint Lorenzo says:

    345,000 Union troops lives are reparations enough.

  11. Our/my California Assemly members are instigating their own agendas. Reparation, statue removal, repeal Ca affirmative action plan, should all be ballot measures.

  12. Barbara Buchanan says:

    This is the most horrific Act to come through the pipeline in a long time — I am livid that intelligent people, lawmakers (so-to-speak, ha ha) would even consider such a thing. I begin to question, Where am I?! Money could go many other places to help the underprivileged — if that’s the goal. Or is the goal just to placate people?

    1. Jack Worthington says:

      Jehovah God gave us free will, freedom to choose, and did not anoint any politician or group of politicians to override those gifts to us. Politics is violence and political government is the bane and pain of humanity; it is it not Christian. Political government is operated by administrators/Satan’s acolytes. The Bible 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.

  13. Paul says:

    Give reparations to the American Indian tribes Reparations first! and then the Chinese!
    Reviewing the history of California, American Indian and Chinese badly here.

  14. LaLa Land says:

    Give California back to the Mexicans first.

    1. Jack Worthington says:

      Politics is violence and political government is the bane and pain of humanity; it is not Christian. Voting is an act of violence. Identify the root cause of the problem and avoid wasting time on symptoms. Giving the land to anyone by political force is not addressing the root cause but just dealing with the symptom of the “cancer.” Identify the root cause first.

  15. Ken Smith says:

    How about the compensation for the Chinese railroad workers? They suffered so much too.

    1. Jack Worthington says:

      Everyone should recompense everyone? Of course that is nonsense. You have pointed out the absurdity of reparations for all sorts of people. Even the “law” has statutes of limitations on certain crimes. The sins of the past are visited to the 3rh and 4th generations. We are long past the 4th generations (Ezekiel 18:1). Reparations are not valid. A claim must show personal physical injury and/or property damage. Where’s the claim? Where’s the beef?

  16. Daniel Wu says:

    If we are to push forward with Reparations, then we should bundle American Indians, Chinese (Chinese Exclusion Act), Mexicans (California was taken from Mexico) together with African American for the compensation. Leaving any of the groups out would unjustified

    1. Jack Worthington says:

      This is of course ridiculous. From whence cometh the funds? From taxes? Who is taxed. Oh, the very people who are supposed to receive the reparations. Circle jerk? Reparations beyond the 3rd and 4th generations is violation of the Bible directions Ezekiel 18:1. What right is it for anyone to force me to pay for someone else’s acts? Politics is violence/force. Political government is the bane and pain of humanity; it is not Christian to loot A to satisfy B; political government is Satan’s wickedness.

  17. Justin fantastic says:

    Remember over 3000 blacks owned slave as well, with an average of 450-500 descendants each , thats 1-2 million blacks who need to recognize their privilege and give back to the families they took from.

    1. Jack Worthington says:

      I confess that I was not aware of that “fact.” I will have to do some research.

  18. Ellen says:

    Are there not enough entitlement programs available already? Having your housing, clothing, food, education (not that that one is ever really taken advantage of…too white) paid for your entire life is not enough? Reparations have been paid, for a long time. What needs to change? Parenting. If you have heard all your life that white people are bad and owe you, that is at your core, you pass it down to your children, etc. This mindset needs to change….period. Let’s pull back on entitlement and see how brazen people are when they are then an actual free American. Free to work and take care of themselves. Free to not blame others and take responsibility for themselves. Privilege is the quality of your parents and how they parent you. That comes in all colors.

    1. Jack Worthington says:

      The hate mongering, commie/socialist Democrats created and perpetuates the welfare statism that has has kept Blacks subservient to the political elite. The plantation state is the old slavery and most Blacks don’t realize it. The commie/socialist Democrats wrecked the Black family structures with the welfare state system of enslavement. In the end politics is violence/force and political government is the bane and pain of humanity; it is not Christian; it is diabolical. Voting is a an act of violence as it sanctions political government to use force! 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 heed the message,.

      To correct a problem,defect or sickness, one must identify the root cause and avoid squandering time on symptoms. IMHO, the abandonment of Jehovah God is the root cause of the sickness that is destroying Amerika.

  19. Ferd Berkel says:

    Reparations … hmmmm … can you say bounty? 🙂

  20. Ferd Berkel says:

    Trump should announce there is $xx billion available. Each Black alive on Jan 1 2021 gets one full share. If the Donald sold tickets to White folks to watch it likely wouldn’t cost tax payers a cent! 😉

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