Newsom Backs Away From Endorsing Reparation Checks for Black Residents

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California Governor Gavin Newsom reportedly rejected to support the financial payments that his reparations task team suggested, which could total up to $1.2 million for a single recipient.

“The Reparations Task Force’s independent findings and recommendations are a milestone in our bipartisan effort to advance justice and promote healing. This has been an important process, and we should continue to work as a nation to reconcile our original sin of slavery and understand how that history has shaped our country,” Newsom said.

“Dealing with that legacy is about much more than cash payments. Many of the recommendations put forward by the Task Force are critical action items we’ve already been hard at work addressing: breaking down barriers to vote, bolstering resources to address hate, enacting sweeping law enforcement and justice reforms to build trust and safety, strengthening economic mobility — all while investing billions to root out disparities and improve equity in housing, education, healthcare, and well beyond. This work must continue,” he continued.

In the task force’s suggestion, compensation are broken down by categories of prior discrimination. For instance, from the early 1930s through the late 1970s, Black people in California who were subject to redlining by banks would get $3,366 for each year they resided there, up to a maximum of $148,099.

For every year they resided in California between 1970 and 2020, Black residents might earn around $2,352 in compensation for overpolicing and mass imprisonment.

These payments can total $115,260 in total. If a Black Californian ticks all the right boxes, the overall award may amount to $1.2 million.

The California Legislature will shortly receive the task force’s final recommendations and determine whether to enact them before sending them to Governor Newsom to be signed into law.

The task force’s work was praised by the Democratic governor, but he chose not to support any particular proposals.

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