Pandering California Governor Passes This Nonsense Bill Amid Coronavirus Lockdowns And Wildfires

(Tea Party 247) – While California business owners are still being utterly crushed by coronavirus restrictions and lockdowns and while the state is literally burning to the ground displacing hundreds of residents, Governor Gavin Newsom is busy passing legislation to make fuel-burning cars illegal and to make taxpayers hurt even more with a new plan to pay out reparations for slavery. Slavery that ended over 150 years ago, that is, that no one living today, including taxpayers in California, had anything to do with.

A new law was signed Wednesday that requires the state to develop a detailed plan for reparations, making it the first state to mandate a study of how it can somehow make up for its role in slavery and the oppression of black people.

KTLA 5 has more:

The law creates a nine-member task force to come up with proposals for how the state could provide reparations to Black Americans, what form those reparations might take and who would be eligible to receive them.

“This is not just about California, this is about making an impact, and a dent, across the rest of the country,” Newsom said moments after signing the bill during a ceremony broadcast on his YouTube channel.

The law does not limit reparations to slavery, although it requires the task force to give special consideration for Black people who are descendants of slaves.

California never had a government-sanctioned system of slavery. It entered the Union in 1850 as a free state after gold was discovered in the Sierra Nevada mountains. But the state did let slave-owning whites bring their slaves to California. The Legislature even passed a law making it legal to arrest runaway slaves and return them to their owners.

“California has come to terms with many of these issues, but it has yet to come to terms with its role in slavery,” said Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a Democrat from San Diego who authored the bill.

The law does not say the reparations must be cash payments. Other options could include forgiving student loans and paying for public works projects or job training. In July, the City Council in Asheville, North Carolina, approved reparations by pledging to make investments in areas where Black people face disparities.

The KTLA article goes to note examples where the US has paid out “reparations” while ignoring the fact that those reparations were for events that happened in our lifetime and affected people who were directly affected by the atrocities for which reparations were being paid out, not their descendants.

Reparations are not without precedent in the United States. The U.S. government partially funded German reparations to Holocaust victims following World War II. And in 1988, the federal government set up a reparations program for Japanese-Americans who were held in concentration camps during World War II.

Reparations for slavery have been debated for decades in the United States. A similar proposal to study reparations for Black Americans was first introduced in Congress in 1989. It has never passed, but Congress held a hearing on the proposal last year.

Reparations, or talks of reparations, are just another tool the left uses to keep the black vote. It’s all lip service and does nothing to actually improve the lives of those living in impoverished, crime-ridden black communities.

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