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California Governor Gavin Newsom speaking at a press conference outside Napa State Hospital, Napa, CA, Mar 24, 2022. (Photo: Sheila Fitzgerald/Shutterstock)

Free State California: Reparations Panel Says State Owes $1.2M to Black Residents

California entered the Union as a free state in 1850

By Katy Grimes, May 2, 2023 7:17 am

Despite that California was never a slave state, the San Francisco reparations committee recently announced a proposal to pay each multi-decade black resident of the City $5 million. The reparations committee also proposed granting total debt forgiveness due to the decades of “systematic repression” faced by the local Black community.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s statewide Reparations Task Force, created and signed into law during the COVID statewide lockdowns and Black Lives Matter riots of 2020, criticized the media two weeks ago for focusing on their $800 billion proposed estimate of reparations (four times the size of the California State Budget), calling the monetary figure the “least important” part of the proposal. However that “least important” part of the proposal would bankrupt the state of California.

As Governor, Newsom “appointed five individuals with a range of expertise and diverse backgrounds to serve on the state’s task force on reparations, after signing landmark legislation in 2020 to advance racial justice,” a May 2021 press statement from the Governor said. The committee is the result of legislation authored by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), Assembly Bill 3121.

CalMatters reports:

The California Reparations Task Force published documents Monday indicating it plans to recommend the state apologize for racism and slavery and consider “down payments” of varying amounts to eligible African American residents.

The documents, numbering more than 500 pages, do not contain an overall price tag for reparations, but they do include ways the state could calculate how much money African Americans in California have lost since 1850, when the state was established, through today due to certain government practices.

Breitbart reports:

…the task force has estimated that black residents of the state are owed $1.2 million each in compensation for the legacy of slavery, even though the state entered the Union as a free state in 1850.

The estimate reportedly includes the damage caused not only by slavery — such as it was — but also “mass incarceration,” housing discrimination, and health risks that are said to be worse among black residents.

The Globe recently reported in detail on considerations by the Reparations Task Force:

In June 2022 the Task Force released its first report, giving a recommendation of reparations, in the form of home buying assistance, free college tuition, and business grants. However, one of the many criticisms against the report recommendations was that no estimated monetary figure was attached. In early December, an estimate of $569 billion was provided by the state, leading to disbelief and the threat of lawsuits if the number holds. Later that month, compensation compensation and eligibility requirements were discussed.

With the $569 billion figure overwhelmingly dismissed, the Task Force has looked for a possible figure in the past several months. Another estimate released this week by economists and policy officials for a total of $800 billion dollars, or roughly 2 and a half times the current state budget, met a similar reaction of disbelief, and pressured the Task Force even further to take a stand. The roughly $400,000 per African American in California figure overwhelmed the Task Force last month, refusing to give an official recommended amount.

There hasn’t been any discussion publicly yet about how this would be paid given the size and scope of the payments to black residents. It is also unclear how legally binding this proposal is since California was a free state. Critics of the reparations task force and proposals say the proposal isn’t realistic and would eat up the entire state budget for just under three years.

Under the authority of the California Attorney General’s office, Assembly Bill 3121 (AB 3121) was enacted on September 30, 2020 and establishes the Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans (Task Force or Reparations Task Force). AB 3121 charges the California Department of Justice with providing administrative, technical, and legal assistance to the Task Force.

Reparations Task Force members. (Photo: OAG.ca.gov)

More to come…

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20 thoughts on “Free State California: Reparations Panel Says State Owes $1.2M to Black Residents

  1. To coin a phrase of the late Rush Limbaugh: “getevenism at work”
    “we got next” signed: Miwok nation.
    All of those votes simply paid for (with your money) , isn’t this fun!

  2. “….However that “least important” part of the proposal would bankrupt the state of California.”

    Yes, indeed. While the left-wing puppeteers are implementing distractions such as their ridiculous diesel truck ban and idiotic reparations idea, the REAL crisis is coming to fruition. Don’t look now, but PacWest Bancorp (CA) will be the next regional bank to fail. This would be the THIRD California headquartered bank to fail following SVB (CA), Signature (NY), First Republic (CA). It appears that California is the epicenter of this upheaval in the financial market due to pervasive fiscal/fiduciary mismanagement under the watchful eyes [eyeroll] of Newsom and his state regulators; for example, as seen in the state’s botched handling of the EDD and CALPERS/CALSTRS finances. And since the uninsured depositors (over $250k deposits) of these failed banks are being made whole, I guess the reparations commissioners believe it is reasonable to EXPECT total debt forgiveness for Blacks, no? This is an epic scam and insulting to law-abiding taxpayers of all races. (https://www.marketwatch.com/articles/pacwest-regional-bank-stocks-fall-frc-3e18330a?mod=mw_quote_news)

    1. Wow! JUST WOW! How about letting ALL the people who support THIS crap just go ahead and give as much as they want/can and leave the rest of the CITIZENS who had NOTHING AT ALL to do with this ISSUE, due to not even being born when this happened, by hundreds of years as well, out of it! GET REAL you dumber than rock numbskulls pushing this! Do you REALLY believe every “white” person in this country/state right now, had a hand in, and agrees with, what happened all those years ago? You all must know that the warring blk. tribes in Africa SOLD their blk. enemies from other tribes, to be turned into slaves? It started with the BLACK race! They even kept slaves within their own tribes! And what the HELL does THAT have to do with every random person OF ANY COLOR who is alive right in America now? Remember, that was hundreds of years ago! A WAR WAS FOUGHT HERE, TO STOP THE OWNING OF SLAVES, AND MANY – MANY WHITE AMERICANS WERE KILLED IN THAT PROCESS OF FREEING THE BLACK PEOPLE, AS WELL AS OTHER RACES! We are ALL Americans, and WE need to drop the “AFRICAN” label-JUST call us ALL Americans, and QUIT trying to separate people for an AGENDA! You gotta ask yourself, who profits off this AGENDA? Not hard to guess! THE ONE’S PUSHING IT! I mean c’mon man, this is beyond sickening, illegal, thievery from all Americans!! I could call myself German, Dutch, and a few random other Country’s name then, on top of being American, and how stupid would that be? I’m sure my ancestors came here to get away from “stuff” in Europe! And, If some Black Americans need to separate themselves from all the other Races in America, then that says ALOT about their intent, doesn’t it???!!!! We are ALL…JUST….AMERICANS! I bet many Black Americans are sick to death of this division, of this type of push for…I’ll say it again..just for FREE MONEY! Just think about how much of the MONEY, that these people, that are trying to get these “reparations” for Blk. Americans, are gonna be getting just for themselves!!!! Do you think they are doing it out of the goodness of their Hearts? Seriously? Sure…I bet they are doing it, cuz they love history, and have nothing better to do.. Get Real, People! It’s a money SCAM to steal from ALL Americans, and they want to make names for themselves, ha! What about the Asians, Canadians, Hawaiians, All the Europeans, and any other American belonging to those or any, nationalities that are living here, in America now, but weren’t born here, or who’s ancestors weren’t here when the Slaves were enslaved– before they were freed by Americans? How does that get handled? Do they ALSO have to pay reparations? That’s just like ALL Americans alive now, had nothing to do with the Slaving of People. Maybe just swap money back and forth to be FAIR? GOOD GRIEF! The people behind this movement are so dilutional, stoopid, and just really need to get decent jobs, a life, plant a garden, mentor a kid without indoctrinating them…wait, leave the kids ALONE! Maybe just get a dog, (not a cat, they can sense things about certain people) and stay away from the decent normal hard-working respectable, responsible Americans of ALL RACES who just want to live their ONE life away from all the weirdo’s who always need to stir up things…There! I RANTED and FEEL BETTER! Wish more would stand up to this idiocy. How can there be sooo many idiot people that can still function physically? Only GOD knows! Remember HIM?

  3. How about some reparations for the people and business owners who had their lives turned upside down by the Black Lives Matter riots of 2020? You know, the “peaceful protesters” who destroyed and in many cases burned buildings to the ground? These “peaceful protesters” that are adored by the news media and the Democratic Party. I recall the pictures Katy Grimes took of downtown Sacramento of the damage and destruction by these rioters. The boarded windows and damage to many small businesses. This type of behavior was condoned by the same people that want Black racial reparations. WE HAVE SPENT OVER $27 TRILLION DOLLARS INTO THE BLACK COMMUNITIES SINCE 1965! THAT IS MORE THAN ENOUGH REPARATIONS! IF ANYONE SHOULD PAY REPARATIONS IT IS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY! THE DEMOCRATS WHO ARE THE PARTY OF RACISM, THE KKK, JIM CROW, VOTER SUPPRESSION, GEORGE WALLACE, JOE BIDEN, ROBERT BYRD, AND MANY OTHERS.

  4. “Decades of “systematic repression” faced by the local Black community” and decades of Democrats in control in California! Maybe it’s not such a great idea to have the party of slavery in complete control?

  5. Let’s get something straight. Race is irrelevant here, except to the extent that the players on this “reparations committee” can exploit it and fool the gullible. This committee is actually made up of the usual Marxist crowd that seeks to build resentment and further racial division in order to gain and maintain political power. One can say “forgive them for they know not what they do,” in which case I guess they could be labeled “useful idiots.” They do not represent blacks, with the exception of those who are being tempted by greed for a potential $$$ windfall. This is not about “justice” or “fairness” but is a mockery of both.

    Just two examples: Asm Reggie Jones-Sawyer is the “Chair” of the State Assembly’s “Public Safety Committee.” He and his committee have a long history of attempting to shut down the bail bonds industry. They have also recently shut down numerous sensible public safety bills: e.g., 1) sentencing enhancements for a criminal’s use of a gun during the commission of a violent crime, and 2) a number of sensible bi-partisan bills that seek to get a handle on the deadly fentanyl crisis. Jones-Sawyer’s irrelevant excuse: A fear of “mass incarceration.” He is clearly not interested in public safety, even for his own constituents who are all-too-frequently victims of violent crime. Sen Steven Bradford recently introduced the “Ebony Alert” bill, his response to the “Amber Alert” which he sees as “racist.”

    Check out the video of the reparations committee and its “Chair” Kamilah Moore embedded in the Daily Mail article linked below. These are unserious Dem/Marxists, foolishly anointed, propped up by a group of like-minded shills, also unserious, all of whom are only interested in the maintenance of their own ill-gotten power. This has already caused unnecessary societal damage and needs to be shut down ASAP:

  6. We owe ZERO dollars — this is to push to get certain pandering group votes and tax everyone else to do it. They will push for federal bailout to cover this just wait meanwhile they sell out to China

  7. if anyone owes them reparations it would be #1, AFRICA, it was their own people who stole their land, and killed most of their ancestors, keeping some of the best slaves for themselves, and selling the rest of the survivor’s of the genocide to the arabs and North Africans, #2, ARAB’s, they purchased the remaining Africans as slaves , keeping the best of those for themselves, those they didn’t keep or kill they sold in the slave markets , most going to the Caribbean & south America, then #3 , the 2% of southerners, and the 38% of freed blacks who also owned slaves

  8. Let me correct the title a little.

    BLACK Reparations Panel (with one token Asian) Says State Owes $1.2M to them and their Black Friends and Relatives.

    Fixed it!

  9. Marxist racial extortion, I’m glad my parents aren’t alive to see this, very worried for my grandchildren. Biden sending 1.500 troops to the border to facilitate the invasion of the United States. This Vet is dumbfounded and disgusted

  10. Doesn’t this violate Federal Civil Rights Statutes, like the 1964 Civil Rights Act, by giving preferential benefits based on a persons race, and prohibiting the same to others based on their race?

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