California Task Force: 'Vestiges of Slavery' May Expand Reparations for Black Residents in the State

California Task Force: 'Vestiges of Slavery' May Expand Reparations for Black Residents in the State


California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and other state lawmakers created a task force to study how best to provide reparations to black persons now may expand benefits beyond those with ancestors who were slaves to people who have faced other alleged injustices after slavery was abolished.

One year after the task force was formed, details of what is being considered are coming to light including divergent points of view where a direct ancestral link to slaves would be required to receive reparations for any black residents who have allegedly suffered “vestiges of slavery, from housing discrimination to unequal public education and mass incarceration.”

Newsom and legislators gave the task force a mission: “Develop reparation proposals for African Americans, with a special consideration for

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