Reparations Task Force To Release First Report on Harms Made Against Black Californians

500 page report will documents wrongs made against African Americans from the pre-Civil War era to the present day

The California Reparations Task Force announced on Tuesday that a report will be released in the coming days that documents California’s history of harm against African Americans in the past, as well as helping prepare legislators in the coming years for a decision about what reparations, if any, slave descendent African Americans are to receive from the state.

According to Task Force Chair Kamilah Moore, while the report will acknowledge California’s status as a free state pre-Civil War, it will also cover how around 1,5000 enslaved African Americans lived in California until 1852. The 500 page report will also cover how the Ku Klux Klan was prevalent in California for many years, how many black families had been forced out of neighborhoods due to major civic projects, and how many areas of cities were segregated between races well until the 20th Century.

In addition, the report covers how these events are connected to recent statistics showing racial disparity. One figure found that despite just 6% of California identifying as African-American, 28% of all prison inmates are black, with 30% of all homeless people being black and 9% living below the poverty line being black as well.

While no plan of reparations was suggested, with that part due sometime next year, the task force is to recommend compensating those forced out of their homes due to urban renewal projects, as well as set up a state Office of African American or American Freedmen Affairs to help document and file possible claims. Other non-monetary suggestions, such as expansion of voter registration and more avenues to hold police accountable for racial incidents, will also be part of the report.

“I hope that this report is used not only as an educational tool, but an organizing tool for people not only in California but across the U.S. to educate their communities,” said Moore on Tuesday the day before the official report release. “The report also highlights contributions of the African American community and how they made the United States what it is despite ongoing oppression and degradation.”

The first draft report by the Task Force

The Task force, which has had a largely mixed reception since being signed into law in 2020, has largely split many Californians. Even reparations supporters have been split on how to proceed, with a narrow vote in March only accepting African Americans with direct slave lineage to get any possible reparations instead of all African Americans as many other supporters wanted and still insist on. Since then, reaction to the task force has only cooled further.

“The report is moving away from fairness it seems, which is what they had initially started all of this all with,” explained legal adviser Richard Weaver to the Globe on Tuesday. “The report comes out Wednesday, but right now a lot of what they are saying is just not affecting those descendants. The 1,500 who were enslaved in California in the 1850’s after California became a free state. Yeah, perfectly sound argument for reparations there, should not have happened. But they’re getting into the nitty gritty here with incidents and policies that, while unfortunate and should not have happened, happened past that descendants window the task force set up.”

Click here to read the full article in the California Globe

Comments

  1. First: list “inequities” suffered by long-dead people. (Remember, slave traders and buyers are long-dead, too.)
    Second: Hire an army of genealogists to identify any full-blood descendants of the folks on the list.
    Third: dream up a financial award to pay those descendants that won’t cause a taxpayer revolt.
    Fourth: Give those genealogists lifetime jobs, tracing mixed-blood descendants and confirming how much their award should be diluted, while paying for lab work needed to identify their DNA.
    Fifth: pay to quell rioting and other “civil unrest” caused by dissatisfaction with reparations.

    What’s so hard about that?
    Hope no one gets impatient waiting for their equity.

  2. Jersey girl says

    Total bullsh!t!!! When are these idiots in CA going to read and STUDY history!!! Native Americans – YES!!! Lacks – hell NO!!!!

  3. The funny part of process is, they thinking they get pile of money, it’s not going happen that way. Bunch of cosmetic things.. After waste of CA tax payers $$.
    They cry 40 acres and Mule, Well Lincoln never said, IT.

  4. Really??? says

    UUUhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    California was never a slave state!

    That should end the issue but the Radical Socialist Left will not get it.

    • Really??? says

      Add on here. I have multiple Black friends Each has created a minimum of a solid middles class life or upper middle class life for themselves. Each agrees that the Black community has done a lousy job of stopping black on black crime. They also agree that when the opportunity to bridge friendly relations with other ethnic or racial groups they have don a terrible job.

      When a white shopper ventures in most predominately Black neighborhoods they are meet with quiet disdain or open hostility. I can go on but you get the idea. The reason I am adding on to this comment is because one of my best friends who is a former head of the local NAACP asked me to make the point.

      So if you are black living in a predominately black area, and unwilling to accept the issues of your own community you are the problem. Remember the Irish gangs, and Mafia types have not held back their communities. The often experienced prejudice and worked their way out.

      (I am going to get a lot of kickback on this one)

  5. Tracker 1 says

    Can’t add much to the above except it is time the Blacks grow up and accept being responsible for themselves and their future. Many other peoples came to America in position of servitude but had to find their way when the indentured time lapsed. Today we actually have many people in America who are still essentially being treated as slaves. Let’s work to stop that.

    • Gunnerdad says

      Good points Tracker. What about the Chinese Slaves? They built the railroads. Ever read the book Grapes of Wrath? They were all poor White People from OK, who were treated as Slaves as they tried to stay alive picking any kind of crops available for pennies. As happened when the Mexicans came later, the whole family would work the fields They were mistreated, underpaid and even murdered because they were the lowest of the low regardless of race. When White Europeans immigrated to the US during the Civil War, they were sworn in as Americans and put right back on a ship headed South to fight. Indentured Slaves. 25% of all Northern Soldiers were immigrants, so what about those decedents? The other thing is over 10M slaves left Africa in slave ships. 10% died crossing but only less than 500K came to America. Where did the rest go and why are we the only nation with the enigma of Slavery around our necks? Mexico and all of the countries South of there had slaves as did the Islands. At least 8.5M went elsewhere.

  6. Seems to me that the Union lost anywhere from 300K to 600K dead soldiers fighting to free the “slaves”. Seems to me that this would be adequate compensation!

  7. The reparation proponents could care less about reparations. Their true goal is a place at the public money trough (think Jesse Jackson). The emotional cry about reparations is just a smoke screen, a lie.

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