California Governor Gavin Newsom signed four bills into law on Wednesday addressing racism and discrimination, including a bill that creates a state-backed task force for the research and recommendation of slavery reparations.

Assembly Bill 3121 establishes a 9-member task force, assigned with recommending possible compensation for descendants of slaves in the state of California and others who have been affected by history of slavery and discrimination.

This bill is the first of its kind in the nation. Reparations bills in other states and at the national level have faced much pushback in the past.

“After watching last night’s debate, the signing can’t come too soon,” stated Newsom.

“California has historically led the country on civil rights,” said Assemblymember Shirley Weber, author of the bill, “yet we have not come to terms with our state’s ugly past….The Governor’s signature on AB 3121 and AB 3070 once again demonstrates that our state is dedicated to leading the nation on confronting and addressing systemic injustice.”

Newsom called the bill “a paradigm that we hope will be resonant all across the United States.”

Portions of the bill’s text read as follows:

“This bill would establish the Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans, with a Special Consideration for African Americans Who are Descendants of Persons Enslaved in the United States, consisting of 9 members…”

The bill summarizes the history of racism and discrimination in America, listing the ways in which African Americans “continue to suffer debilitating economic, educational, and health hardships” such as incarceration, poverty, and high unemployment rates.

The task force will be made up of 5 members appointed by the Governor, 2 appointed by the President pro Tempore of the Senate, and 2 appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly. The bill requires that one be an academic with expertise in civil rights, two must come from organizations that have already been championing the cause of reparations, and no more than four can be Members of the Legislature.

“The bill would require the Task Force to, among other things, identify, compile, and synthesize the relevant corpus of evidentiary documentation of the institution of slavery that existed within the United States and the colonies…, to recommend, among other things, the form of compensation that should be awarded, the instrumentalities through which it should be awarded, and who should be eligible for this compensation…, to submit a written report of its findings and recommendations to the Legislature.” 

The bill does not give any guidance as to the types of reparations nor who may be counted eligible. Discretion for both reparation recommendations and eligibility is given to the task force, who will also be assigned with educating the California public on the history of racism and discrimination in the state and nation.

AB 3121 does not automatically approve reparations. Any recommendations to the legislature would have to be approved and passed via a separate bill.

Weber hopes that the task force will consider recommendations beyond cash payments, including the possibility of down payments on homes and better access to educational opportunities.

Caitlin Bassett

Caitlin Bassett

Caitlin Bassett graduated from Liberty University in 2017 with her Bachelor's in Politics and Policy. She grew up in the great Pacific Northwest and temporarily resides in northern California. She also writes as "the Evergreen Conservative" at www.theevergreenconservative.wordpress.com.

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    • You would think he would be more concerned with all the people losing their homes and everything they have to these wildfires. . . That happen every summer. . . Duh! Cali. Didnt have slavery, smart one.

  • A “Task Force”? A friggin nine member Task Force? This comes off as unethical because he is only giving his friends a job and like most things, this will go no where.

    Reparations my royal read end. What has been given to them on welfare for the last 40 GD years is more Reparations they’ll ever get and you can take that to the bank. Newsom is bordering on criminality with his ongoing antics related to this COVID-19 Lock Down.

    Now remember my friends, this would come out of your tax dollars and our state is broke to the tune of billions of dollars. With the tax revenues down by 42% with this phony COVID-19 idiocy, just where do you think they would get the revenue to pay reparations? DUH !

  • Pure water crazy ideas.
    Shl! If the bureaucrat is right?
    In Africa, their Black lives have not changed in the last 300 years. It is easy to compare and understand that Africans have to pay whites to improve their lives.

  • Candace Owens’ new book would be better for blacks in California and the rest of the nation. Basically, it’s trying to convince blacks that it’s time to move on from the victim mentality; which is being forced on them from people in government – like Newsom.
    Reparations, specifically, would be adding to that “government plantation” victimhood that Democrats want to keep blacks in to keep their votes. Get out of this rut and become an individual American.

  • I have the solution. If you ever owned slaves you pay into a fund. If you were ever a slave you get a portion of the fund. There. Completely solved.

  • Multiple nationalities was enslaved, including the Irish well in my lineage some of my family were enslaved Irish, nevertheless because Irish are not of African descent they are not considered in this wild Endeavor to get money. These people looking for a handout need to go to work! You will never hear my family crying about that. I think it’s a pitiful shame the people are so worried about their past instead of learning from it. The point in looking at is history is to not repeat it and anyone looking for reparation is headed back to the plantation!! That’s what the Democratic party wants that is how they control people! Freedom this was someone makes their own decisions is able to say what they want to say earns their own living no one can tell them what to do with their earnings. Personally I serve Jesus I am saved Sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost thank you Lord! I am free to worship and serve my Lord and they want to take that away from me and I’m not having it upon death I Will Stand My Ground to be able to worship my God!
    I will vote for freedom I will vote for Trump this election because he stands for what I believe in I cannot understand how people call themselves Christians and deny the fact the Trump is a Christian he got saved right before he went in office he was thrown to the wolves never was discipled! Everyone who’s judging him will be judged with the same measurement they judge that’s what the Bible says. They also need to be praying for him to be able to grow as a Christian and handle himself accordingly, he seems to be a hammer for God! He’s hardcore he’s getting a job done that nobody has done in a hundred years!! The things he is fighting was put in action right before Kennedy was elected Kennedy was a Democrat he stood for the same things Trump stands for. That’s why he got shot the secret service has to truly stay on their toes there’s been several attempts against President Trump the body of Christ needs to stay on their knees because of their kids and their grandkids have got to grow up here provided the Lord don’t call us out sooner love you love your show God bless you and your family thank you

  • This MF is in an organized crime family with Auntie Pelosi and Uncle Brown. The FRIENDS he appointed for the “task force” are probably paying part of his new mansion that he illegally acquired. I don’t think there’s a person I hate more!! California sucks balls Newsome you piece of poo…

  • Another reason to recall this Clown. Banning all cars with gas engines. Banning all gas mowers and trimmers. Allowing unfettered immigration and a sanctuary state. Sending out unsolicited ballots. Locked down the California economy for political reasons. And all the liberal BS like climate change that just a ruse to fill the pockets of liberal politicians and dictators of the world. Hum I what you’re up to comrade.

  • Governor Newsom needs to get his head out of his ass! He wants to give reparations to the descendants of slaves? How about reparations to descendants of NATIVE AMERICANS WHO WERE SLAUGHTERED BY THE WHITE MAN! How about reparations to the men (and women) who gave their lives during the Civil War to give slaves their freedom? How about reparations to the Native Americans living on Reservations right now! They also live in poverty, have little to no health care, etc. What about them? As the descendant of NATIVE AMERICANS and a descendant of men who died fighting next to George Washington and General Ulysses S. Grant in the Civil War (and whose ancestors came over on the Mayflower), I hereby demand reparation from the U.S. Government for the sacrifices made by MY ANCESTORS!

  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot???
    The state of California is Burning down. The economy is in the tank, it’s so far in debt that you cannot even see the end of the debt from here with an Abrams Gun Site. We have encouraged rioters and looters in the state. It isn’t safe for honest law abiding citizens. And now he wants to study Reperations for the descendants of slaves?
    That bill has been paid, over paid. The Civil War, the Freed Mans Bureau, Reconstruction, Forty Acres and a mule, the Great Society, racial preferences for poor abused minorities for 60 years with no end in site?
    At this point if they want Reperations they aren’t Americans. Let’s buy them a one way ticket back to Africa, then call it even. If someone doesn’t want to be here, let them leave.

  • OMG, Ill tel ya what the damn democrats have lost there mined, So tell me gavin, how does it feel being a pussy? If you are going to make tax pay ers pay these people for something that we had no part of you are a pussy. I was never a slave owner and these people where never slaves so get the hell over it. well if this is the way you are going to do things then its only fare to pay Reparations to every tax payer that has payd to keep prisoners in prison when the tax payers had nothing to do with any of there crimes but yet get stuck paying for them to eat cloth and shelter them. pretty mutch the same thing. i sure could use them taxes on my own family instead of you guys taking it from me to house prisoners.

  • Go for it Newsome! Next, do not forget the American Indians and the Mexicans, whom you treated far worse. Spend every dollar you have. Raise taxes astronomically. Bankrupt your state. Great job! Nothing Newsome under the sun.

  • He is totally out of his mind. I don’t know of any American alive that had anything to do with slavery. Reparations. What a joke. What those who want reparations just don’t want to work. I don’t owe you anything! I don’t live in CA and I am glad of that but for the Governor to play with this idea just shows how unfit to run the state he is.

  • I think our Governor needs to retire and quick! He has done more to ruin our state than any Governor ever. We are in debt already and he wants to take the last bit of
    bread from our tables. With the enormous debt of the wildfires, just where does he think this money is coming from. From us?? Of course, and he thinks he will get any votes com re-election time? I don’t think so. He can take his task force and shove it!!

  • You would think, someone so “influential”, and who has had a “life long” dedication to the abolishment of slavery, right… would actually try to figure out a way to stop slavery or maybe even human trafficking in his own state. A task force for that is mandatory because it’s time sensitive!!! Career politicians live in bubbles, they really think we believe their BS. Who’s this helping? It’s just another way to spend state dollars to line his pockets.