California’s Reparations Figures Are Crazy

Each black individual in the state of California who is descended from slaves might get as much as $223,200 in recompense for past injustices.

That’s according to an estimate made in December 2022 by California’s Reparations Task Committee, which was established by Governor Gavin Newsom two years earlier.

This is Insane

The estimated total cost to taxpayers in California could be $569 billion or about 2.5 times the state’s existing budget.

In June 2023, the response team is expected to release its conclusions, which will include the precise dollar amount of compensation. One task force participant explained they are looking at reparations on a magnitude that is the biggest since the Reconstruction Era.

California, however, never existed as a slave state. After being taken over from Mexico, which had outlawed slavery in 1837, it became a free state and joined the Union in 1850.

The task committee has therefore concentrated on discrimination in housing that occurred between 1933 and 1977, despite mandating that only descendants of slaves be eligible for payments.

Though this is only a starting point. There are other issues that “need future consideration,” including mass incarceration, forced sterilization, illegal property seizures, and company devaluation.

Similar bills to examine reparations have been filed by lawmakers in leftist states like Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and Oregon; yet, only California has made progress in this area.

Its efforts might serve as a template for a federal compensation program in addition to other states. As this is going on, San Francisco announced its own reparations plan and suggested paying each black person $5 million.

California Has Lost its Mind

Recompense is based on the premise that the United States should recognize the injustices it has done to black Americans.

It’s based on the notion that those who have profited from those wrongdoings must acknowledge the benefits they have received as a result and offer compensation to those who have suffered.

Though, because slavery has never been directly associated with California history, the task team found it difficult to monetize a compensation amount.

In order to assess the estimated amount of black wealth lost, it describes historical reports of racially discriminatory activities in the period of 1933–1977.

This article appeared in The Patriot Brief and has been published here with permission.