California Voters Get Something Right

( – In a remarkable and much-needed blow to the proponents of slavery reparations, close to two-thirds of California voters have declared themselves against cash payments for the descendants of slaves.

About 59% of voters in California oppose cash payments as “slavery reparations” in the state, while 28% are in favor, according to the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies and The LA Times survey.

More than 40% of those polled said they “strongly” opposed cash reparations, meaning that the “lack of support for cash reparations was resounding” and California’s legislature would have a tough time adopting “slavery reparations” next year, Breitbart News comments.

“It has a steep uphill climb, at least from the public’s point of view,” said Mark DiCamillo, director of the IGS poll.

When asked why they opposed cash reparations, 60% said it was “unfair to ask today’s taxpayers to pay for wrongs committed in the past,” 53% said it was “unfair” to give reparations to one group only, and 19% objected to the massive cost.

The survey found Republicans were 90% against and 5% in favor of cash reparations, Democrats were divided 43%-41%, and independents were 22% in favor and 65% against.

The UC Berkeley polled 6,030 registered California voters online in English and Spanish from August 24-29.

The LA Times writes California’s Democrat Governor, Gavin Newsom, and the state legislature set up its Reparations Task Force in 2020 to lay down “a path to reparations that could serve as a model for the nation.”

Earlier this year, the task force completed its final report, recommending hundreds of billions of dollars in reparations so the state of California could “atone for slavery.”

The task force insists on cash reparations to descendants of black people affected by “health disparities, mass incarceration and over-policing and housing discrimination… compared with white Californians.”

“The poll results now pressure Democrats to deliver on something they have worked towards for years even as it is opposed by voters in such strong measure,” the newspaper writes.

It points out some of the cash reparations under consideration as per the task force’s report:

“For health disparities… $13,619 for each year of residency in California — a figure that was derived by comparing life expectancy between Black non-Hispanic and white non-Hispanic Californians.”

“To compensate for mass incarceration and over-policing, the task force recommends eligible descendants receive $2,352 for each year of residency in California during the war on drugs from 1971 to 2020.

“Compensation for housing discrimination totaled $3,378 for each year between 1933 and 1977 that a descendant resided in California.”