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A reparations task force paneled by California Gov. Gavin Newsom is taking aim at an era of the state’s history — 50 years ago.
The California Reparations Task Force submitted a set of recommendations demanding that the California legislature formally apologize for several historical grievances over the weekend, according to Fox News.
“The legislature must apologize on behalf of the state of California and the people of California for the perpetration of gross human rights violations and genocide of Africans who were enslaved and their descendants through public apology, requests for forgiveness, censure of state perpetrators, and tributes to victims,” the body demanded.
In an exhaustive list of “barbarities” allegedly inflicted upon black Americans, the task force identifies one phrase considered a creation of former President Ronald Reagan.
The body objects to Reagan’s use of the phrase “welfare queen,” a term it argues he began using while serving as governor of California from 1967 to 1975.
Reagan is most known for using it as a presidential candidate in 1976 — losing in the Republican primary to President Gerald Ford.
The state body identifies the phrase as “racist coding to promote [Reagan’s] philosophy preferring a limited government.”
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