Many are pushing for Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Reparations Task Force to move fast with one activist calling for $350,000 to be given to every eligible Black person within California. At the same time, the effort has received support from outside the state as New York City Mayor Eric Adams has endorsed the effort to have reparations handed out to both individuals and businesses.
California is pursuing this action after a first-in-the-nation taskforce released a 500-page report in June about how “segregation, racial terror, harmful racist neglect” affected the lives of Black residents. The task force is now set to determine how much Black residents may be entitled to reparations.
Some of the subjects that will have to be covered through the reparations include the “government taking of property, devaluation of Black-owned businesses, housing discrimination and homelessness, mass incarceration and over-policing, and health.”
Newsom originally signed the legislation that allowed the task force to be created in 2020.
According to the task force, only Californians who are proven descendants of Black Americans from the 19th century are going to be eligible to receive any reparations. Regarding the amounts they might receive, one attendee at the task force meeting said that they expect the number to be around $350,000 per person.