In California, Reparations Get Real

Source: The American Prospect
by Ramenda Cyrus

“Two years after Gov. Gavin Newsom created California’s Reparations Task Force, the group has issued its first report on the need for reparations for Black people within the state. The task force is the first of its kind, and its report takes an ambitious stance on how to provide relief from systematic racism to the state’s two million-plus Black Americans. The findings of the report have wide-ranging implications for how reparations as a policy can be regarded at the state level. It also provides a race-conscious framework for broader policy considerations. Such reparations are government attempts to undo a wrong on a population by adopting special economic considerations for that population. Popular ideas have included direct cash payments, tuition, and favorable housing policy for the descendants of enslaved Americans.” (06/13/22)