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On Saturday, the California Reparations Task Force voted on the final set of recommendations to send to the state’s legislatures, formally recommending that the state pays up to $1.2 million to every qualifying black resident.
During the task force’s public meeting in Oakland, the nine-member panel called on the state to give black residents a formal apology as well as the payments, according to Fox News. California entered the union as a free state, and slavery was never legal under state law.
“Reparations are not only morally justifiable, but they have the potential to address long-standing racial disparities and inequalities,” said Representative Barbara Lee after attending the meeting.
Payments received by black residents would be broken down into types of historical discrimination, with black residents affected by bank redlining, for example, receiving $3,366 for each year they lived in California between the early 1930s to the late 1970s, adding up to $148,009.
For those living in California between 1970 and 2020 that were affected by over-policing and mass incarceration, black residents would receive roughly $2,352 for each year they lived in the state, amounting to upwards of $115,260.
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