‘Debt that’s owed’: State Senate passed 3 reparations bills in broke California, along with apology

Democrats in the state of California are relentless in their pursuit of reparations for the sin of slavery despite a projected historic budget deficit of $68 billion — keep in mind that California joined the Union as a free state in 1850, with a state Constitution proclaiming that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, unless for punishment of a crime, shall ever be tolerated.”

On Tuesday, the Democrat-controlled California state Senate passed three reparations bills “written with the intent to begin correcting the harms of slavery and decades of anti-Black racism perpetuated by the state and local governments,” ABC 7 reported.

The bills are part of a dozen-bill reparations package introduced by the California Legislative Black Caucus earlier this year, according to the affiliate. The effort comes after California’s Reparations Task Force presented more than 100 proposals for reparations in the summer of 2023 — the author of the three bills passed on Tuesday, Sen. Steven Bradford (D), sat on the task force.

“Reparations is a debt that’s owed to descendants of slavery,” Bradford claimed. “These are not a handout or charity by any measure. It is what was promised, it’s what is owed and what is 160 years overdue.”

In effect, people who were never slaves are allegedly owed large amounts of cash by people who never owned slaves.

The state Senate passed a formal apology for slavery with the support of weak-kneed Republicans too fearful to push back on the pre-election pandering.

SB 1403 would create the California Freedmen Affairs Agency, which would oversee and administer any reparations measures signed into law and determine who is eligible for the government handout.

“The agency would be tasked with confirming that the potential recipient of reparations is a descendant of an African American enslaved in the United States or a free Black person living in the U.S. prior to the end of the 19th century. This mirrors the eligibility criteria suggested by the state’s reparations task force. The agency would create a genealogy office to support potential reparations claims and establish a process to verify genealogical research,” ABC 7 reported.

SB 1331 would establish the Fund for Reparations and Reparative Justice in the State Treasury, but a specific funding mechanism has been removed due to the massive budget deficit — meaning Democrats have yet to figure out how to fleece taxpayers to pay for the windfall.

SB 1050 would require the California Freedmen Affairs Agency to compensate families who lost property “in racially-motivated applications of eminent domain,” ABC 7 noted.

The bills now head to the Assembly for votes. Likely to pass in the lower house, the bills could be on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk well ahead of the November election, possibly as early as September.

Tom Tillison


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