California is weighing handing billions of dollars in reparations to black residents, with supporters insisting that such a move will bring down crime rates originating from the community, while others warn that reparations remain a “bad idea.”
One of the reparation models under consideration by the California Reparations Task Force would make the state owe roughly $360,000 per person to 1.8 million black Californians who had an ancestor enslaved in the United States, bringing the total amount to $640 billion.
The task force is a nonregulatory state agency established in 2020 to study and develop reparation proposals for black Americans who are descendants of slaves.
Ward Connerly, founder and chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute, warns that the move is wrong.
Though California is a progressive state, “we’re not insane, and so I think that the people of this state would rise up and say ‘no,’” Connerly said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday.
“I think it’s a bad idea,” he said.
Almost 6.5 percent of residents in California, amounting to about 2.5 million people, identify as African American or black.
State Budget Strain
It’s unclear where the state is expected to collect the $640 billion estimated as reparation disbursements. The amount is more than double the $297 billion budget for the 2023–24 fiscal year proposed by Newsom.
In addition, California is projected to suffer a $22.5 billion budget deficit for the coming fiscal year. The state is also battling a weak economy, with the tech sector especially affected amid mass layoffs.
California already imposes one of the highest tax rates in the country.
The $360,000 proposed payments are more than 60 percent higher than the $220,000 payments proposed last year.
The task force has limited reparations only to descendants of black people who were living in the United States as of the 19th century. The entity is yet to decide whether the reparations should also apply to people who lived in the state and intended to stay but were displaced.
The California Reparations Task Force is scheduled to provide its recommendations on the matter to the state Legislature by July 1, after which it will be the lawmakers who will decide on the issue.
San Francisco Proposal
Various cities in California, like Los Angeles and San Francisco, are also pushing forward their own reparation proposals. In San Francisco, the African American Reparations Advisory Committee is proposing that black residents who have been victims of “systemic repression and exclusion” be awarded $5 million per eligible individual.
“While neither San Francisco, nor California, formally adopted the institution of chattel slavery, the tenets of segregation, white supremacy and systematic repression and exclusion of Black people were codified through legal and extralegal actions, social codes, and judicial enforcement,” according to the committee’s draft reparations plan.
“A lump sum payment would compensate the affected population for the decades of harms that they have experienced, and will redress the economic and opportunity losses that Black San Franciscans have endured, collectively, as the result of both intentional decisions and unintended harms perpetuated by City policy.”
The draft proposal also recommended a “comprehensive debt forgiveness” program that clears off all personal, educational, and credit card debt of low-income Black households.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
What a load of utter BS brought to you by the BS State of California where functioning brains are in short supply.
This is the insanity of the treasonous woke Democrat Party cult and their disciples/supporters.
#1. This will create a further divide among races.
#2. My taxes will go up and I will be forced to give $360,000 per person to 1.8 million black Californians who had an ancestor enslaved in the United States, bringing the total amount to $640 billion. even though my ancestors never owned any slaves or oppressed any blacks.
#3. Have you ever wondered how many Blacks live off of the taxpayer now, from cradle to grave, never ever having a job?
#4. Have you ever wondered how much we the taxpayers a paying everyday for the Democrats illegal immigrant? New York claims they are paying 5 million dollars a day to support their illegal immigrants, California spend much more that $5,000,000,000.00 per day to support their illegal immigrants. And this will not never end!!!!! As long as we have Lying Socialist Democrat Rule!
The committee has a very uneducated bunch trying for nothing more than blackmail.
It was AFRICAN chiefs who collected the slaves and sold them. Just ask the English in England! They know more about this subject than Americans do.
Didn;t you get the memo. Education is racist..
“if you built it , they will come,,,,if you give it away for free, they will come even faster. The California chuckleheads are just paving their West Coast Paradise and putting up more tent city parking lots as those who can eat/live free at government expense will flock to the state to overwhelm the already overtaxed burdened Marist state, as those who seek to breathe free and are capable to self-govern will exit faster than the Jews left Egypt with Moses, when a similar hailstorm of population plagues hit the Pharoah and the locusts took over. Reparations to the tune of the life blood of 600,000 was the currency already spent to free blacks and bless them with the opportunity to prove their equality, only when given the opportunity to excel, chose in frightened mediocrity, to embrace the same failed promises of the same failed Democrat party that ran the South in 1860, who would now tax enslave people of ALL colors in borrowed money that will enslave ALL American unborn in debt to the next 3-4 generations of financial slavery. Which part of the black population will repay the blood of 600,000 predominately white people who died in the civil war? How many lost their homes, farms, businesses in a destroyed South that only rose when they threw off the yokes of the Democrat party of controllers, only to embrace them back once they migrated North and West to trade equal opportunity for a state of failed equity and the equal distribution of poverty, violence and despair?
AND like always, they will expect EVERYONE ELSE To foot the bill..
Winston Churchill once said,” Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings, Socialism is the EQUAL SHARING OF MISERY.”
CALIFORNIA, THE LAND OF MAKE- BELIEVE.
”The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
Brainy Quotes- “Thank God my granddaddy got on that boat.”
posted on OCTOBER 4, 2021
“Better off? The point is illustrated by the great African American boxer Muhammad Ali. In the early 1970s Muhammad Ali fought for the heavyweight title against George Foreman. The fight was held in the African nation of Zaire; it was insensitively called the “rumble in the jungle.” Ali won the fight, and upon returning to the United States, he was asked by a reporter, “Champ, what did you think of Africa?” Ali replied, “Thank God my granddaddy got on that boat!” There is a characteristic mischievous pungency to Ali’s remark, yet it also expresses a widely held sentiment. Ali recognizes that for all the horror of slavery, it was the transmission belt that brought Africans into the orbit of Western freedom. The slaves were not better off—the boat Ali refers to brought the slaves through a horrific Middle Passage to a life of painful servitude—yet their descendants today, even if they won’t admit it, are better off. Ali was honest enough to admit it.“
— Dinesh D’Souza
When the land of fruits and nuts collapses, don’t show up on my doorstep with your tin cup.
Those poor stupid, college age sheeple. They know no better! Yes to reparations as long as the party of the KKK, segregation, Jim Crow, slavery and most voting against Civil Rights in the 60’s, the Democrat party should pay.
Along with the mudslime SLAVE TRADERS, and their own kin back in africa, who SOLD THEM into slavery!
Then all the white pioneer descendants in Oregon, California and Washington should also get reparations since they were promised much more than DEATH by Indians and disease when they went West.
They were almost promised a PARADISE. The government played a hand in their family’s losses.
And why should the current citizens of California have to pay for what black slave owners, Native American slave owners, Jewish slave traders who brought the Africans here and the African chiefs who collected the slaves in the first place did?
This is nothing more than blackmail. Many in California are from Hawaii, for heaven’s sake. Some are from The Philippines, Vietnam, other nations and/or from European families who did not emigrate to the US until AFTER slavery ended!
Especially since CA WAS NOT even INVOLVED in the slavery trade…
they had a zillion mexicans-
David Horowitz- ” 10 REASONS REPARATIONS IS A BAD IDEA AND RACIST TOO.”
Everybody should read this article by David Horowitz.!
I was mugged by a large, black kid. I want $100,000 in reparations – or maybe I should raise that amount to $360,000!
Worthless scum. Get off your fat black behind and find a job like a worthwhile member of society
“…clears off all personal, educational, and credit card debt…” But not taxes. Get the picture? Who gets to pay for this?
They don’t pay taxes because they don’t work. Would YOU work if you could get free housing, free utilities, food stamps, free education, free meals for your school-age kids, and a little cash for “expenses?” As one very astute black single-mom said in a YouTube video, “I’d have to be a FOOL to get a job.”
Isn’t BRIBERY still a Federal crime? Even in Cali?
NO ONE CAN PROVE THEY HAVE NOT BENEFITTED FROM THEIR AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP – AND ESPECIALLY BLACKS. THEY HAVE BEEN FREE TO RETURN TO AFRICA FOR HOW MANY YEARS – BUT THEY HAVE NOT!
BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT TO LEARN THEIR NATIVE LANGUAGE? THEY DON’T LIKE AFRICAN BLACKS?
Nope, the California courts have legalized voter fraud by being bribed by the democrat party, and so bribery has become legal!
NOT for commucrats..
the state of California is a plain ole massive dumpster fire and it is what they deserve!
What makes this even more egregious, California was never a slave State to begin with once it became a Territory and a State. Anything prior to that was the servitude of Native Americans by the Spanish during their rule, not the Blacks.
And statistically, it is estimated that no more that maybe 5% of Blacks in America today have any direct blood ties to slaves, a practice that we fought a war over and abolished over 150 years ago. Like many other living today, they are descended from immigrants who moved here after slavery ended.
Even so, even if you were part of that 5%, it’s been over a 150 years since that grievance carried any notable weight. California owes them squat.
And I find it contemptible that the Government is pushing to give each these so-called victims more money paid by the taxpayers in a single payment than I made working long hours 16 years in retail back in the 80s and 90s.
In the meantime, what is the Government doing to help our distressed citizens in dire need in East Palestine?
“What makes this even more egregious, California was never a slave State to begin with once it became a Territory and a State.”
THE LEFT cares not for facts or history. BOTH are racist.
The actual truth no longer is allowed in colleges! Only indoctrination and stupidity!
Martin Luther King, Jr. proved that blacks were not held down. HE WAS THE THIRD IN HIS LINE TO ATTEND AND/OR GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE!
AND HIS FATHER, CHANGED HIS NAME AND MARTIN’S NAME TO INCLUDE MARTIN LUTHER WHO WAS A MAN HIS FATHER GREATLY ADMIRED. HE EVEN WENT TO GERMANY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HIM.
EDUCATION IS ACTUALLY THE VEHICLE FOR FINANCIAL SUCCESS, OFTEN.
JUST TALK TO ALL THE ENGINEERS IN CALIFORNIA. YOU CAN’T GET AN ENGINEERING DEGREE WITHOUT COLLEGE.
You can no longer get an engineering degree without a Marxist indoctrination!
That’s why i have so far, REFUSED TO USE my GI bill, to get a college degree..
THIS IS PUNISHING THE CHILDREN FOR WHAT THEIR PARENT’S DID AND THAT IS AGAINST THE LAW.
OR, WE WOULD BE ABLE TO PUNISH ALL BLACK CRIMINALS FOR HAVING PARENTS WHO TAUGHT THEM TO BE ORNERY.
The stupidity is becoming so bad that it is nauseating!
My family was not in the US during slavery times so why should I be forced to pay? In fact, my family (both sides) were displaced by the Soviet and German war machines. Perhaps I should demand Russia provide me with reparations, or maybe ask the Germans, or both. If I were foolish enough to do that I’d be laughed out of both countries. I am grateful that my family escaped the atrocities of war and occupation and that I have the oppportunity to make my own way in this country. Many other ethnic groups came to this country essentially as slaves (ilelAsians, Irish) and/or were treated terribly (i.e. Russians, Germans).
The results of slavery of ones family over 150 years ago has had plenty of time to be mitigated through hard work and education. If you haven’t taken that opportunity that is your problem and no one elses.
IF you did ask, you’d get Laughed at.
The one thing they refuse to look at and see is the FACT that there were a great many white immigrants that were held as slaves as well, doing my family history in discovered that two ancestors were slaves, so are the white people whose ancestors that were slaves going to get any reparations as well, it would only be fair. One Irish ancestor and one German ancestor were slaves one held by one Anthony Johnson, so when do my sister and myself get our reparations checks.
Have we lost our minds? The past is the past. I am more worried about today than several hundred years ago. We just need to learn from our mistakes and give everyone that desires to work hard a fair shake.
in 2024-when trump is reinstated as president and he finishes the southern wall-we also need to put a wall around california
and disengage them from the united states -as there is not one living brain cell in that state-and by ridding the house and senate
of their moronic policies -america would be on the way to greatness again-we could of course buy sell and trade goods with them
but on a better economic footing- let them pay their own way-and with pelosi-waters -feinstein -schiff harris -newsom -et al -gone.
america would reap the harvest-leaving open the possibility that we could then conquer that country and bring them into the real world-
Yeah, California, you go right ahead and start paying out the reparations. Within a couple of months, you will have gathered the entire black population from every other state except New York (which seems to be following the same lunacy) into your welcoming arms. That $640 billion will quickly mushroom into (at least) $6.4 TRILLION, and what will you do when the checks start bouncing and the riots begin? Who (other than an indoctrinated college student with NO math or economics classes and a major in “ethnic studies”) could possibly believe this could ever work?