CA Gov. Newsom Silent on Reparations Recommendations

( – California’s crusade to pay millions in what it calls “reparations” to black residents continues, but Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom has had nothing to say as yet about the recommendations of the California Reparations Task Force (CRTF).

The idea behind “reparations” is that, since black Americans were once slaves and were discriminated against by state and federal law, modern American society needs to pay the descendants of those who suffered as a result of these systemic failures. California is not the only state considering the move, but its recommendations are by far the most costly proposals. 

The CTRF is recommending that the state of California pay up to $1.2 million to “qualifying” black residents to make up for past discrimination and slavery. The money would, of course, come from California tax dollars. The working group formally adopted this recommendation at a meeting on May 6th.

So far, Gov. Newsom has not made any statements about the group’s proposals. The task force was created by a state law Newsom signed in 2020. 

The CRTF has come up with formulas that purport to measure how much harm was done to each category of black people, and therefore how much money such people should get. For example, those black people allegedly affected by “redlining” (discriminatory home loan practices) would be eligible for $3,366 for each year they lived in California from the early 1930s through the late 1970s. 

Black Californians who lived in the state between 1970 and 2020 would get $2,352 for each year they lived in the state because of alleged “over-policing” and “mass incarceration.” It does not appear that a black person would have to have had a direct encounter with the alleged over-policing in order to qualify for the money. 

While Newsom has said nothing so far, he will not likely be able to maintain silence much longer. The CRTF’s recommendations will soon go to the entire state legislature. 

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