President Joe Biden greets California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) as he arrives at Mather Airport on Air Force One Monday, September 13, 2021, in Mather, California, for a briefing on wildfires at the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) [Photo Credit: White House Public Domain]
Governor Gavin Newsom of California is now reportedly coming under increasing pressure to use his executive power to unilaterally enact proposals that would hand out billions of dollars to Black residents of California in the form of reparations as a way to make amends for the institution of slavery an appease far-left pressure groups.
It is estimated that there were approximately 1.8 million Black Californians who had an ancestor enslaved in the United States.
The California Reparations Task Force, which was established by state legislation in 2020, is currently considering a proposal to give just under $360,000 per person to each of these individuals.
This would put the total cost of the program at approximately $640 billion.
The final recommendations for reparations will be presented to the California Legislature, which will then determine whether or not to put the measures into effect and send them to Newsom’s desk to be signed into law.
The task force’s final report will also be presented to the legislature.
Over the past few months, activists for racial justice and certain Democrats in Congress have been putting pressure on President Biden to issue an executive order establishing a national reparations commission.
The White House has indicated that President Biden, who has been largely silent about the issue, is in favor of researching the possibility of reparations for African Americans.
However, the White House has refrained from stating that Biden would support a bill introduced in Congress that would create such a commission.
In contrast, the process of making amends is well under way in the state of California.
An initial report was created by the state task force in which it contained numerous preliminary suggestions the previous year.
The state legislature is expecting to receive a final report with the panel’s formal recommendations by the first of July.
The committee was established in the midst of the upheaval that followed the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in the year 2020.
None of the nine people on the panel identify as White.
The task team had first suggested $220,000 per individual for Black Californians the previous year; however, the sum was subsequently upped by more than 60% to $360,000 as one of many suggestions that are currently being thought over to hand out reparations.
Using a model that evaluated California’s racial wealth gap and calculated damages related to injustices such as housing discrimination, mass incarceration, and health harms, economists and scholars consulting with the task force came up with the most recent proposal.
The commission accomplished this by using a model that evaluated California’s racial wealth gap.
It is not obvious how the state of California would pay for such a significant undertaking.
It was announced in January that the state is expected to have a budget shortfall of some $22.5 billion for the coming fiscal year, putting the question of how it would pay for such a proposal in serious doubt.