You should know the 9 members of Newsom’s reparations task force

The reparations task force convened by California Gov. Gavin Newsom is reportedly stockpiled with radical far-leftists, some of whom seem to hate America and think it’s a living hellhole for black Americans.

First up is the task force’s chair, entertainment lawyer Kamilah Moore, who’s expressed interest in hearings from “experts” who want to abolish the police.

Next is the task force’s vice chair, Dr. Amos Brown, who last year told the San Francisco Chronicle that “America is a racist country.”

Then there’s California Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer, a task force member who’s suggested incarcerating black criminals is the same as enslaving black people.

“Today we don’t treat African Americans as slaves, but when you look at the prison system, you go, ‘Oh, I now can connect the dots that the prison industrial system might just be another form of slavery,'” he said to Sacramento station KXTV earlier this year.


Next is Dr. Jovan Scott Lewis, who appears to believe that capitalism is racist.

“In a paper discussing racial capitalism in the post-emancipation Caribbean, Lewis … claimed that the ‘structural definition of Caribbean identity can be understood as one defined by racial capitalism’s instrument of labor’ – essentially branding capitalism as racist,” the Daily Mail notes.

Also consider state Sen. Steven Bradford, who told the Los Angeles Times last year that America “owes a debt” to black Americans.

“I’m concerned because I’ve already heard from enough of my colleagues who kind of feel like ‘Hey, that’s not my fight, we shouldn’t be responsible for something that happened over 100 years ago,” he said.

“I’ve often said, if you can inherit generational wealth, you can inherit generational debt. And the state of California, as well as the United States, owes a debt to African Americans who are descendants of slavery and helped build this country,” he added.

Then there’s Dr. Cheryl Grills, who appears to believe America — even in its contemporary form — is a hellhole for black Americans.


“These are very difficult and trying times for people of African ancestry in this country, and in fact, in the world. We black folks have been essentially dealing with centuries of racial oppression. Our souls, our bodies, our minds are under duress. We are in a broken social system in society,” she said to Los Angeles station KABC during the violent Black Lives Matter riots of 2020.

“And as Dr. King put it, in 1968 he did an address to the American Psychological Association, and he said, ‘what has penetrated substantially all strata of negro life, is the revolutionary idea that the philosophy and morals of the dominant white society are not holy or sacred, but in all too many respects, are degenerate and profane.’ So, essentially what we’re dealing with is a situation that is not righteous, it’s not just.”

She added, “It has no empathy or compassion for the humanity of black people, and in the midst of yet another assault, a reminder that we are seen as less than human, we’re being called on to rise above the situation. So, the question I would have people answer for me, as I look at what’s happening in the streets of Los Angeles and across this country is what shall you have us do? While no one likes, wants or necessarily supports the kind of unrest we are seeing right now, what would you have us do? What’s the solution?”

Then there’s Dr. Lisa Holder, who thinks black people are “catching hell day to day” just because they’re black.

Speaking last year with the Los Angeles Times, she expressed this apparent opinion while talking about the benefit of hosting listening sessions for community members to share their thoughts about reparations.

“Hearing from the community is what’s most important. Hearing about people’s lived experience, hearing about the trauma that people have experienced from racism, hearing about the wealth that real people have lost because of exclusionary policies and practices,” she said.

“Hearing from real Black people who are catching hell day to day is what is most important and that is one of the reasons why we are pushing for a community engagement process,” Holder added.

San Diego City Council member Monica Montgomery Steppe is the next task force member with questionable views.

In an interview with San Diego station KSWB recorded right after her appointment to the task force last year, she stressed that the task force is “an important first step to dismantle” so-called “systemic racism.”

Last up is lawyer Donald Tamaki, who appears to be the least radical of them, as it doesn’t appear he has a history of making radical remarks.

As previously reported, this group of radicals has just concluded that California residents who are the descendants of slaves are owed at least $223,200 in reparations each, or $569 billion total.

Those Californians specifically eligible for the reparations, assuming this plan was ever approved by the state legislature, “would be descendants of enslaved African Americans or of a ‘free Black person living in the United States prior to the end of the 19th century,’” The New York Times notes, quoting the task force.

According to the Times, the $569 billion estimate would cover the reparations allegedly owed for housing discrimination that occurred between 1933 and 1977.

However, the Times further notes that the task force has also identified other “areas” of compensation, including mass incarceration, unjust property seizures, and devaluation of black businesses and health care.

“Final figures will be released in the report next year,” the paper reported Thursday.

Vivek Saxena


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