California Governor Gavin Newsom has entertained the idea of giving reparations to African American citizens of California in the last two years.
He commissioned a Reparations Task Force to decide how much African-Americans should receive in reparations and what offenses white people supposedly committed that would merit the reparation payments.
The offenses that they have come up with so far include, of course, slavery, housing discrimination, mass incarceration, and ‘devaluation’ of black businesses and health care.
The committee suggested a high price tag of $223,200 for each African American citizen of California, which would cost the state $569 Billion.
According to a Pew Research poll conducted in 2021, reparations are generally unpopular with Americans.
68 percent of US adults said they do not support reparations for slavery, while only 30 percent said they do support them.
The group that is by far the most supportive is African Americans, where 77 percent said they supported it.
A reparations committee in California has suggested that descendants of slaves in the state could be compensated $223,200 each for ‘housing discrimination’.
The nine-member Reparations Task Force was formed by California Governor Gavin Newsom as part of the country’s largest ever effort to address reparations for slavery.
A focus of the California task force has been ‘housing discrimination’ – and it has been estimated that it would cost around $569billion to compensate the 2.5 million Black Californians for setbacks between 1933 and 1977, according to the New York Times.
That is more than California’s $512.8billion expenditure in 2021 – which included funding for schools, hospitals, universities, highways, policing and corrections.
However, discussions are still underway, and the panel is continuing to consider how payments should be made – some suggested tuition and housing grants or cash.
The task force has also identified four other causes for reparations: Mass incarceration, unjust property seizures, devaluation of Black businesses and health care.