The state of California, which joined the Union in 1850 as a free state, is now officially taking on the issue of paying reparations to African American residents, with “Special Consideration for African Americans Who are Descendants of Persons Enslaved in the United States.”
But in the wake of a new round of violence, looting and destruction of American cities across the nation after the deaths of several black Americans at the hands of police, a renewed push for reparations is apparently the latest woke strategy to continue the left’s crusade to reform the system and tackle what they call “systemic” racial injustice within the borders of America.
Gov. Gavin Newsom made it official this week by signing off on a nine-person task force that will explore the best ways to offer some type of reparations for African Americans who live in The Golden State, according to CNN.
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Newsom’s goal with bill AB 3121 is to set an example for every other state in the nation to eventually follow, “proving a paradigm that we hope will be resonant all across the United States,” he said proudly on Thursday.
Thanks to Newsom signing off on a similar bill, AB 2542, the reparations also apparently include studying the effects of race with regard to criminal sentencing and convictions and to reduce what they believe is “discrimination” by jury panels. In a Thursday press release from Newsom’s office, they lay out the goals of the new bill.
As the nation reckons with the scourge of racial injustice rooted in the legacy of slavery and systemic racism, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed a first-in-the-nation law to study and make recommendations on reparations for slavery to the Black community through a state-based task force. He also signed two bills targeting structural racism and bias in our legal system by prohibiting the use of race, ethnicity and national origin to seek or obtain convictions or impose sentences, and to reduce discrimination in jury selection.
As a nation, we can only truly thrive when every one of us has the opportunity to thrive. Our painful history of slavery has evolved into structural racism and bias built into and permeating throughout our democratic and economic institutions,” said Governor Newsom. “California’s rich diversity is our greatest asset, and we won’t turn away from this moment to make right the discrimination and disadvantages that Black Californians and people of color still face. While there is still so much work to do to unravel this legacy, these pieces of legislation are important steps in the right direction to building a more inclusive and equitable future for all.
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The issue of reparations has been one of controversy on Capitol Hill and across the nation literally since the conclusion of the Civil War. Obviously the main argument today by those who oppose the idea of compensating African Americans for slavery is the fact that nobody living today is in any way, shape or form responsible for the stain of slavery that plagued this nation’s earliest days.
The nine-member task force created to study exactly how African-Americans should be compensated has until the middle of 2023 to present its findings and potential solutions to the governor.
It’s no wonder people are fleeing the state at record rates. Between the state’s unbelievably shocking homelessness problem, reduced criminal penalties (if any at all) for petty crimes, literal feces on the streets of its cities and an out-of-control drug problem, now the law-abiding citizens of the state who have no connection or responsibility for slavery will likely soon have to fork out tax dollars — in one form or another — for actions taken by others, hundreds of years ago.
Seems totally fair.