California Considering Plan to Give $223,000 in Reparations to Black Residents

The state of California is considering a plan to give $230,000 in slavery reparations to every qualifying black Californian resident.

The proposal is being mulled by a reparations task force created by Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom.

The task force is looking at handing out some large sums, up to $223,000, to give to each qualifying black American residing in California.

Newsom created the nine-person task force in 2020.

It was set up as a social justice measure to promote “equity” amid the Black Lives Matter rioting that was seen across the country.

“As our country reckons with our painful legacy of racial injustice, California again is poised to lead the way towards a more equitable and inclusive future for all,” the governor said at the time.

The task force maintains that a legacy of housing discrimination should qualify some black Americans in the state to a total compensation of $569 billion.

After being split among those who qualify, each person that qualifies would receive about $223,200.

Housing discrimination was just one of the areas the group is looking into, though, meaning those totals could increase.

According to The New York Times, the effects of “mass incarceration,” “unjust property seizures,” “devaluation of black businesses,” and health care are the other four areas being examined.

The task force has broadened eligibility to any descendant of an enslaved African American or a “free black person living in the United States prior to the end of the 19th century,” the report notes.

There are currently about 2.5 million black Americans living in the Golden State.

Notably, the Biden administration has supported the examination of reparations for black Americans.

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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said last year that Democrat President Joe Biden “supports a study, as we’ve said before, into reparations.”

Jean-Pierre’s comments came as she fielded questions about whether the administration would provide reparations to families of the victims of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre.

“[Biden] believes that, first and foremost, the task in front of us is not to root out — is to root out systemic racism where it exists right now,” the then-deputy press secretary said.

“And that’s why it’s … central to all of his agenda.”

“The President believes that what these survivors have endured is tragic and devastating,” Jean-Pierre added.

“First and foremost, he is honored to have the opportunity to listen to them and learn from their experiences.

“He also plans to convey his heartfelt gratitude for their bravery in sharing the stories of the trauma and violence that was wrought on them and their families.

“And that is — that is going to be his focus today, and that’s what he wants to do.” 

Final figures from Newsom’s task force will be released next year, and the state Legislature will evaluate those recommendations.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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