A report by California’s new task force on reparations has determined that the state must hand out at least $569 billion to all black residents in the state who can confirm that they are descended from slaves.
According to the New York Post, the nine-member Reparations Task Force (RTF) concluded that each impacted person must be given $223,200; the report also cited alleged “housing discrimination practices” that black Californians have faced, without providing any evidence.
The RTF was created in 2020 after Governor Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) signed a law mandating the creation of such a task force. The amount demanded by the panel constitutes the single largest reparations payment in modern history.
“We are looking at reparations on a scale that is the largest since Reconstruction,” said Jovan Scott Lewis, a professor at the radical University of California, Berkeley and one of the nine members of the panel.
The RTF will release a final report confirming the exact dollar amount next year, and will also consider options for how the payments are distributed; some have advocated for direct cash payments, while others recommend paying through tuition or housing grants.
Although the panel is technically only allowed to make formal recommendations to the state, and has no power to enforce any such policy, it is widely expected that California’s overwhelmingly Democrat-controlled legislature will pass a bill that fulfills the panel’s demands, which will be immediately signed into law by Newsom.