(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – With a vote that has millions of Americans shaking their heads in disbelief and even disgust, yesterday, California’s reparations task force approved recommendations on how the state may compensate and apologize to Black residents for generations of harm caused by discriminatory policies.
As Newsmax reports, state lawmakers will now consider the nine-member committee’s proposals for reparations legislation.
U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, cosponsoring a bill in Congress to study restitution proposals for African Americans, said at the meeting, “Reparations are not only morally justifiable, but they have the potential to address longstanding racial disparities and inequalities.”
The task force’s first vote approved a detailed account of historical discrimination against Black Californians in areas such as voting, housing, education, disproportionate policing, and incarceration. Other recommendations included the creation of a new agency to provide services to descendants of enslaved people and calculations on what the state owes them in compensation.
Chris Lodgson, an organizer with the Coalition for a Just and Equitable California, a reparations advocacy group, stated, “An apology and an admission of wrongdoing just by itself is not going to be satisfactory.”
The task force approved a public apology acknowledging the state’s responsibility for past wrongs and promising it would not repeat them. California has previously apologized for placing Japanese Americans in internment camps during World War II and for violence against and mistreatment of Native Americans.
The panel also approved a section of the draft report saying reparations should include “cash or its equivalent” for eligible residents. However, some estimates from economists have projected that the state could owe upwards of $800 billion in reparations to Black people, more than 2.5 times its annual budget.
The task force’s work has garnered nationwide attention, as efforts to research and secure reparations for African Americans elsewhere have had mixed results. The Chicago suburb of Evanston has offered housing vouchers to Black residents, but few have benefited from the program. In New York, a bill to acknowledge the inhumanity of slavery in the state and create a commission to study reparations proposals has passed the Assembly but not received a vote in the Senate.
Oakland City Councilmember Kevin Jenkins called the California task force’s work “a powerful example” of what can happen when people work together, adding, “I am confident that through our collective efforts, we can make a significant drive in advancing reparations in our great state of California and ultimately the country.”
REPARATIONS PANEL: California's reparations task force voted Saturday to approve recommendations on how the state may compensate and apologize to Black residents for generations of harm caused by discriminatory policies. https://t.co/cwmTYMDIfT
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