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Newsom creates Black slavery ‘reparations’ board

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill that will create a task force to study state reparation payments to Black Americans, 155 years after the end of the Civil War effectively ended slavery in the United States.

“AB 3121 establishes a nine-member task force to inform Californians about slavery and explore ways the state might provide reparations,” says a statement by the Governor’s office.  

In 2019, an Associated Press poll found that only 29 percent of Americans supported cash payments or other reparations over slavery, with the results skewed along racial lines.

Seventy-four percent of Black Americans favored reparations, while 85 percent of white Americans opposed reparations.

The George Floyd protests, ironically, have seemed to have weakened support for reparations.

“According to Reuters/Ipsos polls this month, only one in five respondents [or 20 percent] agreed the United States should use ‘taxpayer money to pay damages to descendants of enslaved people in the United States,’” reported Reuters in June 2020.

But as with many Democrat ideas, California likes to live on the bleeding edge.

“California has historically led the country on civil rights, yet we have not come to terms with our state’s ugly past that allowed slaveholding within our borders and returned escaped slaves to their masters,” said Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D), the chief sponsor of the bill.

In California, slavery was never legal at any time under the United States.

“As a nation, we can only truly thrive when every one of us has the opportunity to thrive. Our painful history of slavery has evolved into structural racism and bias built into and permeating throughout our democratic and economic institutions,” said Newsom.

In the statement, Newsom also pointed out the previous efforts he has made in civil rights by “formally apologizing to California Native Americans for the exploitation and violence our predecessors inflicted upon them,” and a ban on the death penalty that “is unfairly applied to people of color, people with mental disabilities and people who cannot afford costly legal representation.”

California formally apologized earlier this year for the mass internment of Japanese during World War II by then-President Franklin Roosevelt.

One proponent of reparations, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), told Reuters that she favors reparations because all wealth in America ultimately came from Black slavery.

“Doubters may not have had slaves yesterday, or a decade ago or 100 years ago, but any wealth they hold or expect to gain only exists because of the institution of slavery,” Jackson Lee told Reuters.

But Burgess Owens, a Republican candidate for Congress from Utah, who is Black, said that he objected to paying people money based on skin color.

“I’m not racist and think it’s an insult for someone to pay me or anyone else strictly based on the color of their skin,” Owens said.

“Those who say they care about slavery should be leading the charge to save the 30 million men, women and children enslaved today around the world” by sex trafficking and other evils, said Owens according to Reuters.

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    Lisa Colorado October 1, 2020

    There is no connection between us and the spending of our tax money. We pay California taxes and we don’t even live there. We don’t care what you do with it, really. Give it to the “unhomed.” give it to citizens of Mexico. Give it to people with skin pigment. Tell them it’s an apology, whatever. It’s a folly.

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    janna nikkola October 1, 2020

    Slavery was NEVER legal in California – and no one who lives in California today ever owned a slave and no one who is alive in California today was ever was a slave – so exactly WHO in California can be held responsible for paying reparations – and to whom? Can they prove their own ancestors were slaves (which would of course be required)? With the recent riots, looting and burning in many US cities those who were at one time somewhat sympathetic to African-Americans’ poverty are now no longer sympathetic. It’s hard to fathom what exactly BLM was hoping to achieve by rioting, looting and burning in US cities. Did they really think this was a way to gain sympathy from their fellow countrymen? FBI statistics support the fact that 90% of all Black homicides are committed by other Blacks and only 8% of Black homicides are committed by Whites and 15% of White homicides are committed by Blacks. I will NEVER support payment of reparations to anyone anytime anywhere.

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    Jj October 1, 2020

    What about Kamala grandfathers slaves.
    Why is that not mentioned!
    Not so long ago her family had slaves

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    WJH October 1, 2020

    Why do you need a reparations board ? I can tell you that there are no living former slave or immediate family slaves alive today. Are you also going to study the Irish slaves ?

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    Louisa Swanson October 1, 2020

    Males me even more thankful that I live in New Jersey. So far that hasn;t happened…and if it does here, they can just throw me in jail cause I WON;T PAY A DAMN DIME! My family NEVER OWNED ANY SLAVES, NEW JERSEY WAS ALWAYS A FREE STATE, NO ONE HERE OWNED ANY SLAVES AND WE FOUGHT FOR THE FREEDOM OF THE SLAVES IN THE CIVIL WAR!

    SO I DON;T OWE A DAMN THING!

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    Tammo Wilkens October 1, 2020

    Is our radical governor going to pay a lion share of those reparations? After all he IS rich while I am not. According to him, he earned his riches form the backs of slaves.

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    JC October 1, 2020

    Well Gov Newsom, you are amazing in that all by yourself you create a monster that continues to divide America. You and your party seem to be happy at tearing our nation apart every chance you get just to keep your foot in the door of power. The reality of it is that you make yourself the trash of the world.

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    Wilfred October 1, 2020

    THERE IS NO ONE IN MY FAMILY, WHO KNOWS ANYRHING ABOUT SLAVERY, OR REALLY EVEN CARES, ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. WE HAVE PEOPLE GOING AROUND DESTROYING HISTORY, WHY DON’T THEY DESTROY THAT, I DON’T NEED IT, I AM MOVING FORWARD, AND NOT TRYING TO GO BACKWARD, SLAVERY WAS ESTABLISHED, THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO, FOR MONETARY GAIN, IT ENDED HERE FOR THE SAME REASON. THEY GOING TO GIVE THE INDIANS REPORATIONS, THEY GOING TO GIVE JAPANESE, REPORATIONS; AND BY THE TIME, THEY REACH US, THERE WON’T BE ENOUGH OF AMERICA LEFT, TO CALL IT AMERICA, IT’S IDIOTIC. PLUS IT WAS DEMOCRATS, WHO INSLAVED, BLACK PEOPLE, HOW THEM TRADING PLACES, FOR A HUNDRED YEARS, THAT WILL BE ABOUT EVEN

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    Fox59MVP October 1, 2020

    JC, in three sentences you captured the entire subject matter at hand. I could not agree with you more, every sentence. Cheers to you for a terrific summary!

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    Randy Miller October 1, 2020

    Welfare, Affirmative Action, Special Consideration at every state collage for blacks.. Now just give them cash because they are black? Is this blowhard politician for real or is this a joke? Time to get the hell out of California, that’s for sure.

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    Jjule85 October 1, 2020

    What about Kamala slave owner grandparents

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    Marilyn Z October 1, 2020

    And my Cherokee ancestors had to give up their farms and businesses and homes and forced to walk the Trail of Tears so shouldn’t all descendents of those people now living in Califonria be given something, too?

    BTW, did they ever do anything for the Japanese held in internment camps in California? Some of them are still alive.

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    Tj Vitanza October 2, 2020

    Pure evil .. lets go ahead and throw some gas on the fire that already burning out of control..
    Newsom has to go.. for sure will not get my vote..
    I believe many will be with me on this soon..
    What an idiot, or maybe it fits the agenda & mentality of his party .. to divide the country.
    & besides I don’t remember my Italian ancestors bringing slaves with them thru Ellis Island ..
    As many others.. my tax dollars..! I think not..

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    A. D Roberts October 2, 2020

    I agree. All people who were enslaved by white plantation owners during their present life should be paid by those slave owners.
    Anyone who wants money who was never a slave can sign up to have their WELFARE BENEFITS CANCELED.

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    Yolanda Martinez October 2, 2020

    Any white person, or Mexican or middle class black who goes along with this is a moron.
    Where do you think the money is coming from? Not the Blacks on welfare

    People are really stupid.

    Yolanda Martinez

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    Chuck Steaks October 4, 2020

    it continues to amaze me that the pols forget that the indian nation has suffered more than the slaves!? thye indian nation hS BEEN UNDER AN extermination eddick since the civil war, when the then president sent the 10th cavalry out to “kill all the redskins”! the 10th cavalry was all black soldiers from the civil war, and then went to pr,dr, and haite to rescue ted roosevelt from himself. the rough riders did not ride, they did not have any horses. anyway; labial/guv newzum talk about the injuns first then that deserve the most first!

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