California approves task force to consider paying reparations for slavery

California approves task force to consider paying reparations for slavery
Former slaves, ca. 1920 (Image: Library of Congress)

[Ed. – Sign of the times.]

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill Wednesday approving a task force to consider paying reparations for slavery.

Newsom said the bipartisan support for the bill, which passed in the state Senate on a 33-3 vote last month, is “proving a paradigm that we hope will be resonant all across the United States.”

The bill will require a commission study the lingering impact of slavery in the state and make recommendations to lawmakers by July 2023. The recommendations should include details on what form of compensation should be awarded as well as its recipients.

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“California has come to terms with many of its issues, but it has yet to come to term with its role in slavery,” said Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a Democrat who authored the bill.

Weber said California has “deeply-rooted issues about race and slavery.”

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