According to reports, California Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom’s office said conservative media incorrectly presented his previous comments that showed he did not support reparations for black Californian descendants of slaves and that he is, in truth, open to the idea.
Newsom’s principal communications adviser, Anthony York, criticized the sensational reporting of media sources. The Governor anticipates reading the completed report and following up on all suggestions.
Reports reveal that nine members of the California Reparations Task Force met last week and made the recommendation that the state government issues an official monetary restitution apology, such as distributing up to $1.2 million to eligible black residents of California based on estimated figures in classifications like housing discrimination, imprisonment, and various assorted injustices.
Newsom, who chose 5 of 9 task force participants, lauded the group’s efforts to advance systemic changes but did not go so far as to endorse the compensation suggested by the group.
According to a report, the statements from Newsom were an acknowledgment of political realities, according to California Democratic Senator Steven Bradford, who is a member of the task team.
After the deadly riots over alleged racial prejudice in police violence were prompted by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Newsom signed a measure creating the task team in September 2020.
Despite the fact that slavery had been outlawed in California before it officially became a part of the US, this action made the state the first to begin investigating prospective compensation for slavery for black Americans.
The report shows the task force suggested that the state establish a new agency to calculate how much every citizen is owed as a result of historical injustices such as slavery or discriminatory housing policies such as redlining.
Depending on qualifications, the proposed payouts may be anywhere from a few thousand dollars to over $1.2 million.