The State of California will study reparations to black Americans, thanks to a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

AB 3121 will create a nine-member “Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans, with a Special Consideration for African Americans Who are Descendants of Persons Enslaved in the United States,” according to the text of the bill.

California was admitted to the Union in 1850 as a free state and has no history of legal slavery.

As the state Department of Parks and Recreation notes on its website (original emphasis):

In 1849, Californians sought statehood and, after heated debate in the U.S. Congress arising out of the slavery issue, California entered the Union as a free, nonslavery state by the Compromise of 1850.

California became the 31st state on September 9, 1850.
The Golden State’s rich history has since been shaped by people of every ethnic background who traveled here seeking economic, social and educational opportunity, and a life of quality and breathtaking beauty.

Despite California’s free history, the reparations task force is assigned the mission of evaluating the history and impact of slavery on the United States as a whole.

The goal, as with many California policies, is to be a model for liberal policies elsewhere — or, as Newsom said, according to The Hill, to be “a paradigm that we hope will be resonant all across the United States.”

There is at least one problem, however: the criteria for selection to the nine-member task force appear to be racial, and California’s constitution currently bans discrimination on the basis of race. (That may change, if voters approve Proposition 16 in November.)

The text of AB 3121 states: “Members shall be drawn from diverse backgrounds to represent the interests of communities of color throughout the state.”

15 thoughts on “California to Start Reparations”
  1. Stupidity at it’s finest restitution how many more morons who believe this racist bullshit! This why theses rioters are out of control with cowards who are to blind and stupid to see there being hoodwinked by racist looking for a free ride. Restitution for what? There inability to get off there ass and get a job. Be piss off and burning and looting is a sure way to create support for your stupidity. Y’all are not only making the people sick and tired of all the whining and disrespectful actions has become nothing more than racism.

  2. Only people who are currently alive and have been held in slavery should be eligible to receive reparations.

    Only people who are currently alive and have held people in a state of slavery should be required to pay reparations.

  3. So the middle class takes it in the keester again just to make a few idiots happy. Slavery ended in the US in 1865. That was 155 years ago. Those people are all long dead. Affirmative Action and other programs were the answer over the years. Regardless, I have never been in a position to discriminate against a black person, nor has anyone in my family owned slaves. So why should I pay anything? These politicians are idiots.

  4. One comment… Another DUMB movement by the present California elected officials. Time for them to GO. No WONDER they keep attempting to raise our taxes every election.

  5. This is really hard to believe that a sane person would expect me am AMERICAN CITIZEN who has never owned a slave to pay reparations to somebody that has never been a slave. Newsome has finally hit bottom. No wonder people are leaving this state in droves. THIS IS INSANE

  6. So next are we giving reparations to the Chinese who helped to build so much of California? I DO sense some racism here..

  7. The most insane idea ever, whether for CA or the US. The implementation presents massive problems. All this is is another attempt by Democrats to keep black voters in the plantation of dependency. Besides, $22 trillion has already been spent as a result of Great Society welfare programs, $17 trillion of which was consumed by the federal welfare bureaucracy. If this lunatic program ever sees the light of day, the funds will be quickly dissipated by the recipients who will be back looking for more. The fault will be theirs, however, for not taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the greatest country in the history of the world.

  8. Where’s the restitution for the Irish slaves brought here from Ireland? Commonly known as indentured servants?

  9. Mario, you need to educate yourself as to what was done to Blacks during slavery and the injustices done even now. If you condone the history, there is no hope for you!!!!!

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