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Task Force Says California Reparations Could Exceed $200K Per Person

California Reparations for slavery
People rallying, demanding reparation for slavery from world leaders. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

2023 will see a final report regarding compensation of Black Californians for generations of racial discrimination.

A California group investigating state reparations estimated that each Black resident could receive more than $223,000 to compensate for generations of racism.

California Reparations for slavery

People are rallying, demanding reparation for slavery from world leaders. (Photo by Carolyn Cole via Getty Images)

The nine-person Reparations Task Force, established by a 2020 law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, will present its recommendations to state lawmakers in 2023, according to the New York Times. Next, the government would decide how to pay for repairs.

The task force has identified five compensation areas: housing discrimination, mass incarceration, unfair property seizures, Black business devaluation, and health care.

Compensation could exceed $223,000 per person. Due to housing discrimination, each qualified resident received $569 billion between 1933 and 1977.

Panelists are discussing reparations. Some prefer housing and college grants, while others prefer cash.

A member of the task force and professor at UC Berkeley, Jovan Scott Lewis, told the Times that they are looking at reparations that would be the biggest since Reconstruction.

Lewis said that the task force must come up with a strong plan with lots of options because lawmakers might not support its expensive suggestions.

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Housing and Wealth Gap

2023 will see a final report regarding compensation of Black Californians for generations of racial discrimination.

A California group investigating state reparations estimated that each Black resident could receive more than $223,000 to compensate for generations of racism.

People are rallying, demanding reparation for slavery from world leaders. (Photo by Carolyn Cole via Getty Images)

The nine-person Reparations Task Force, established by a 2020 law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, will present its recommendations to state lawmakers in 2023, according to the New York Times. Next, the government would decide how to pay for repairs.

The task force has identified five compensation areas: housing discrimination, mass incarceration, unfair property seizures, Black business devaluation, and health care.

Compensation could exceed $223,000 per person. Due to housing discrimination, each qualified resident received $569 billion between 1933 and 1977.

Panelists are discussing reparations. Some prefer housing and college grants, while others prefer cash.

A member of the task force and professor at UC Berkeley, Jovan Scott Lewis, told the Times that they are looking at reparations that would be the biggest since Reconstruction.

Lewis said that the task force must develop a strong plan with many options because lawmakers might not support its expensive suggestions.

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Housing and Wealth Gap

An interim task force report in June discussed how descendants of enslaved people faced unfair policies and practices like redlining, which limited where Black people could live. These policies and practices still affect housing, education, and the criminal justice system.

The report said: Four hundred years of discrimination have led to a huge and lasting wealth gap between black and white Americans. These effects of slavery are still a part of American society, and they have never been fixed well enough. The State of California and the U.S. government have never apologized or paid African Americans for these wrongs.

The Federal Reserve Board’s 2020 survey reveals white families have a median wealth of $188,200, while Black families have $24,100. The task force says this shows racism’s damage.

Reparation Eligibility

In March, the task force debated whether the state’s Black residents were eligible for reparations. They voted 5-4 to limit reparations to descendants of the free and enslaved Black people who lived in the U.S. in the 1800s.

Because slave owners moved their slaves from plantation to plantation in the U.S., the Caribbean, and South America, Black Californians whose ancestors came from the Caribbean or Africa would not be eligible for reparations.

In 2021, Evanston, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, became the first city to offer reparations to Black residents. Instead of cash payments, money goes to housing programs for some city residents.

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