CA lawmaker chokes back tears over unfairness of forcing Latinos and Asians to pay reparations for Blacks

A California Democrat assemblyman was reduced to tears when a Republican colleague scolded him about the unfairness of forcing Latinos and Asians to pay reparations to the state’s blacks.

Even though it was never a slave state, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s California is at the forefront of the national push for reparations, a crazy redistributive scheme that steals from productive people who have never been slaveholders to reward those who were never in bondage.

During a recent debate about a fund that would establish a “Fund for Reparations and Reparative Justice” in the California Treasury Department, Assemblyman Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) was put on the spot by Assemblywoman Kate Sanchez (R-Rancho Santa Margarita), a Hispanic Republican.

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“I’m concerned about the proposal to help facilitate distribution of reparations,” Sanchez said, noting that according to some economists, the reparations payments recommended by a state task force could cost more than $800 billion, over 2.5 times the annual budget.

“To pay for that, you’d need a major tax hike unlike anything this state has ever seen before,” she said. “I recognize and acknowledge the painful part of our history, [but] the pains of our past should not be paid by the people of today.”

Sanchez pointed out that more than half of the state’s population is now “Latino and Asian” who “had nothing to do with slavery, discrimination, Jim Crow laws.”

Kalra responded to Sanchez by insisting “actions are necessary, and that includes reparations,” adding, “It includes, in some cases, monetary reparations.”

“I understand that it’s hard to ask those of us currently sitting in the legislature to make those commitments, but no one asked black families over generations, if it was OK to take their wealth, if it was OK to enslave them, it was OK to …” he said, choking back tears before a brief pause to get himself together.

“If it was OK to put their children in generations of poverty,” he said, continuing his sob story. “This country became a superpower based upon free labor of African descendants over hundreds of years. We need to recognize it.”

Sanchez also took to X to warn about the wisdom of $800 billion in reparations.

Another Democrat named Mike Gipson (D-Carson) whined about the opposition to the free giveaways of taxpayer money to be given to undeserving blacks.

“Some of our Republican colleagues have taken it upon themselves to make this a very political issue, voting no on all our bills,” he said, according to the Sacramento Observer. “They are also casting lies on how much these bills are going to cost and talking about the immigrant status and how they are not a part of what happened in California. So, it’s our responsibility to educate our colleagues on what’s going on.”

Chris Donaldson

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