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California Produced 500 Page-Report Regarding Reparations For Slavery


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The liberal utopia of California is calling for reparations for slavery.

Governor Gavin Newsom of California has created a commission that just produced a 500-page report that detailed how reparations should be handed to African Americans whose ancestors were slaves.

The report suggested that a “creation of a state-subsidized mortgage program with low-interest rates and free higher education for descendants” be given to all descendants of enslaved Africans in the United States.

Notably missing from the report was the exact amount on how much-qualified individuals would receive for reparations.

Yahoo had more on the story:

California’s first-in-the-nation task force on reparations released an extensive report on Wednesday detailing the state’s role in 170 years of discrimination toward Black Americans, outlining how the lasting effects of slavery have produced “innumerable harms” that no level of government has addressed to date.

The exhaustive 500-page report documents how descendants of slavery in California, and more broadly in the U.S., have suffered compounding inequities through more than a dozen facets of life, including education, employment and housing, and offers recommendations to right those wrongs through systemic policy shifts and “comprehensive” financial compensation.

An activist carries a Pan-African flag during a protest to mark the National Reparations Day on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2019.
An activist carries a Pan-African flag during a protest to mark the National Reparations Day on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2019. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
“In 1883, the Supreme Court interpreted the 13th Amendment as empowering Congress ‘to pass all laws necessary and proper for abolishing all badges and incidents of slavery in the United States,’” the report reads.

“However, throughout the rest of American history, instead of abolishing the ‘badges and incidents of slavery,’ the United States federal, state and local governments, including California, perpetuated and created new iterations of these ‘badges and incidents.’ The resulting harms have been innumerable and have snowballed over generations.”

The report, which is the first of its kind to be produced on the state level, urges the creation of a new statewide office that would provide a pathway for financial reparations for Black Americans, and pushes for expanded voter registration and the improvement of Black neighborhoods, among other recommendations. The document, however, stopped short of attaching a specific number to the reparations, mainly because it’s the first of two reports coming from the nine-member task force, with the second to be released some time next year.

Newsweek had more on the story:

It took Gavin Newsom, the governor of a state that is just 6 percent Black and has no direct link to slavery, to have the courageous audacity to study reparations—after facing a recall election and being a favorite target of rightwing pundits.

Newsom’s commission to investigate reparations produced a 500-page report that makes bold recommendations like the creation of a state-subsidized mortgage program with low interest rates and free higher education for descendants of enslaved Africans in the U.S. who qualify.

Nothing in life is free so, we all know would be paying for the reparations.



 

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