So Black lives matter, but is that something you can really put a price on? It might be in California, where the state senate recently passed a bill that would create a task force to study the question of reparations to Black citizens if the Assembly approves the measure next week. That’s expected to happen since they already overwhelmingly approved a similar measure in the past. What form any such reparations might take isn’t being mentioned at this point, however. The initiative is largely just some word salad at this point, discussing the lasting legacy of slavery, inequity and all of the usual code words. (Associated Press)
California lawmakers are setting up a task force to study and make recommendations for reparations to African Americans, particularly the descendants of slaves, as the nation struggles again with civil rights and unrest following the latest shooting of a Black man by police.
The state Senate supported creating the nine-member commission on a bipartisan 33-3 vote Saturday. The measure returns to the Assembly for a final vote before lawmakers adjourn for the year on Monday, though Assembly members overwhelmingly already approved an earlier version of the bill.
“Let’s be clear: Chattel slavery, both in California and across our nation, birthed a legacy of racial harm and inequity that continues to impact the conditions of Black life in California,” said Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles.
Before anyone gets too carried away here, we should note that nobody is voting on actual reparations at the moment. Even if the measure is approved, all they’re voting to do is create a nine-person commission to study the possibility of reparations and discuss what form that might take. And the commission wouldn’t even be assembled until the summer of 2021. So the legislature isn’t really committing themselves to anything here.