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Slavery Reparations & Affirmative Action Bill Advance in California Assembly #reparations


Slavery Reparations & Affirmative Action Bill Advance in California Assembly #reparationsAssembly Bill 3121, written by Assembly Member Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), would have the “Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans” would also look into issues surrounding slavery in California, such as runaway slaves being denied entry into California before the 13th Amendment was passed. The 8-member Task Force, in addition to recommending reparations, would have to set parameters under who in California would be eligible for any reparations and how any reparations would be paid.  (California Globe)

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“While we fight for the solution, we know that the solution lies in the changing of this nation and for those who don’t look like us to, for once, take the banner up and fight the battle that is so essential,” said Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), who leads the caucus. “We have fought it. We have given our lives. We have given all that we have. We have given the moral conscience to this nation about what is right and what is just, and at the same time as we do all of that, we still find ourselves the last one in the door.” (L.A Times)

Although California was admitted into the Union as a “free state,” slavery persisted with public auctions and a fugitive slave law decreeing that a person brought to the state as a slave would be considered a slave. After slavery was abolished in 1865, discrimination permeated throughout American society from Jim Crow laws and redlining to unequal access to education and police use of force that has led to mass incarceration of black people in jails and prisons. Proponents of the reparations committee point to these practices for disadvantaging African Americans, which has contributed to well-documented racial wealth gaps, higher unemployment rates and health disparities.(Mercury News)

Recently BET founder Robert Johnson calls for $14 trillion of reparations for slavery:


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