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California state Senate passes 3 reparations bills after apologizing for slavery: ‘Debt that’s owed’ :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

The California state Senate passed three reparations bills on Tuesday, advancing a broader legislative effort to provide restitution to descendants of slaves.

California introduced a package of reparations bills in January that would give property compensation and cash payouts to the descendants of slaves and other Black Californians. The assembly voted down previous bills on the issue, including one which would have provided homeownership aid and another which would have offered property tax relief for descendants of slaves, according to ABC7.

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The bills passed this week are part of more than a dozen reparations bills proposed by the California Legislative Black Caucus earlier this year, ABC7 reported. The bills “issue an apology to Black Californians for the state’s role in instituting slave laws and discriminatory practices since its founding,” the outlet wrote. The bills will now head to the California State Assembly for votes.

The SB 1403 bill passed in the state senate this week addresses the creation of the California Freedmen Affairs Agency, which would ensure that a recipient of potential reparations meets the eligibility criteria. Recipients would need to be a descendant of slaves or a free Black person living in the U.S. prior to the end of the 19th century.

SB 1050 would mandate the California Freedmen Affairs Agency to pay families who have had their property seized from them due to “race-based” eminent domain. SB 1331 allocates funds for reparations policies signed into law by the governor, as reported by ABC7.

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Democrat state Senator Steven Bradford of Southern California, who authored the three bills said on the floor, “If you can inherit generational wealth, you can inherit generational debt.”

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“Reparations is a debt that’s owed to descendants of slavery,” he added. “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.”

The bills come after the California Assembly passed a bill last month accepting responsibility for “all of the harms and atrocities committed by the state.”

“It is undeniable that our systems of government have been complicit in the oppression of African Americans. … California’s history is tarnished by the subjugation of Black people,” Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas said in support of the bill. “It is a wound that still needs to heal.”

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California is part of a trend of local and state governments across the U.S. establishing a task force that would recommend how reparations would be executed.

In Boston, Massachusetts, task force members will propose reparations measures based on historical research and other factors compiled by the experts for City Hall to consider. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul established a reparations task force last year in December.
YEP A FUCKING TASK FORCE !!! :clown_face: :clown_face: :clown_face:

No one currently living is responsible for righting the wrongs committed by long dead slave owners.

Over 150 years ago, the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified on Dec. 6, 1865, ending slavery in the United States. The first enslaved African arrived on American soil more than 400 years ago in 1619. The last living survivor of the transatlantic slave trade, Matilda McCrear, who arrived in Alabama in 1860, died in Jan. 1940. [31] [32] [45]

As of Apr. 2020, millennials are the largest living adult age group in the United States. Born in 1981 or later, the 72.1 million American millennials would have to go back at least five or six generations to find a slave or slave owner in their lineage, if there were any at all. [33]

Should people so far removed from slavery be held accountable for the damage?

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) states, “I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea…. We’ve tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation. We elected an African American president.”[34]

McConnell continues, “I think we’re always a work in progress in this country but no one currently alive was responsible for that and I don’t think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it.” [34]

Steven Greenhut, Western Region Director for R Street Institute, also notes, “White Americans whose families arrived after the segregation era will wonder why they must pay for the sins of other people’s ancestors. Instead of solving problems, everyone will fight over money. It will end up only being about the money. This is not how to help a nation reckon with its past.” [35]

Scott Reader, a reporter, summarizes, “The fact of the matter is I don’t believe in collective guilt. I don’t believe all Muslims can be blamed for the 9-11 terrorist attacks, that all gun owners are to blame for violence in our cities or that all Americans are responsible for the injustice of slavery.”

The idea of reparations is demeaning to African Americans and would further divide the country along race lines.

Reparations require the country to put a literal price on the generational traumas of slavery. How much is one slave’s suffering worth to the country? What is the compensation for several generations of enslaved ancestors? Determining those numbers could insult descendants and other Americans alike.

Coleman Hughes, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, stated in 2019 testimony before Congress: “If we were to pay reparations today, we would only divide the country further, making it harder to build the political coalitions required to solve the problems facing black people today; we would insult many black Americans by putting a price on the suffering of their ancestors; and we would turn the relationship between black Americans and white Americans from a coalition into a transaction — from a union between citizens into a lawsuit between plaintiffs and defendants.”[37]

Hughes continues, “[P]aying reparations to all descendants of slaves is a mistake … [because] the people who were owed for slavery are no longer here, and we’re not entitled to collect on their debts. Reparations, by definition, are only given to victims. So the moment you give me reparations, you’ve made me into a victim without my consent.” [37]

Former NFL player Burgess Owens expands on the idea of victimhood: “At the core of the reparation movement is a divisive and demeaning view of both races. It grants to the white race a wicked superiority, treating them as an oppressive people too powerful for black Americans to overcome. It brands blacks as hapless victims devoid of the ability, which every other culture possesses, to assimilate and progress. Neither label is earned…. It is their divisive message that marks the black race as forever broken, as a people whose healing comes only through the guilt, pity, profits and benevolence of the white race.” [38]

Meanwhile, if reparations were paid, the country’s problems with racial inequality would not be solved and may actually be exacerbated.

Columnist Ron Chimelis explains, “Angry white Americans will say, ‘Stop whining about racism in modern America. Stand for the flag of the country that just sent you a check. We paid you, that’s it and we’re done.’ But we wouldn’t be done, because racism certainly does still exist in America. It’s more subtle than slavery, and it won’t be solved only through legislation because you can’t entirely legislate basic human respect.”

Reparations would be too expensive and difficult to implement.
While the potential cost of reparations is abstract without a definite plan, one estimate figured by William A. Darity Jr., an economist at Duke University, and Kirsten Mullen, a folklorist, based on Sherman’s “40 acres and a mule” order put the 2019 cost at $80,000 per African American descended from enslaved people, or approximately $2.6 trillion taxpayer dollars if estimating for about 30 million descendants of enslaved people. That estimate is about 55% of the $4.7 trillion US budget for 2019. [40]
Financial writer Brett Arends, took another approach to calculations, using the values assigned to generations of enslaved people in 1800, 1830, and 1860 and adding interest, resulting in a $16 trillion price tag for reparations. At the time of this 2019 calculation, the entire US national debt was $22 trillion. [41]
Beyond the financial difficulty of implementing reparations, there is the question of who would receive payments. Oprah Winfrey can trace her lineage to 19th-century slaves, but she’s worth an estimated $2.6 billion. Does her net worth negate a reparations payment? [40] [42]
Then there is the trouble of determining who is a descendant of enslaved people. Barack Obama, though African American, does not have Black American ancestry because his father was Kenyan and his American mother was white. [40]

Many biracial people or more recent Black immigrants, though not descendants of American enslaved people, may have suffered the societal leavings of slavery but may not be included in reparations payments.
Further, Ancestry.com notes the unique difficulties of tracing African American ancestry in the South to prove slave ancestors, including “family members’ name and nickname changes, the passage of enslaved people from one family member to another without a deed of sale, and the dispersion of family members who were sold away from the rest of their families.” [43]

The article continued, “When slaves arrived on American shores, they often were given the surname of their first owner, if they had a surname at all. Others did not take the slave owner’s name until after Emancipation. As former slaves grew accustomed to their freedom in the years after the Civil War, many rejected their former owners’ names and created new surnames for themselves.” Simply proving one is a definitive ancestor of slavery may be difficult. [43]
Finally, as Joe Biden asked of reparations in 2020, “[W]ill it include Native Americans as well”? According to one estimate, reparations to indigenous Americans would cost another $35 trillion. [41] [44]
Simply determining who is eligible for reparations could come with a hefty price tag.

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Holy shit… I agree with McConnell!

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That’s where we got the saying " a broken clock is right twice in a day "

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This is excellent news for patriots! We must publicize this everywhere we can, and do whatever we can to goad progressives into adopting it as policy in other states, and nationally as well.

I believe there is a good chance that Gavin Newsome, the governor of California, will be the Democrats’ Presidential nominee. We can hang this, along with Calironia’s “Racial Justice Act” (which makes it more difficult to prosecute criminals if they are Black), around the Democrats’ necks.

In the meantime, patriots still living in California should seriously consider moving to a Red (sane) State. And patriots in nearby Red States should do whatever they can to encourage and help them do so.

Who the hell wants more liberal thinking jerkoffs in their community ?
These morons love regulations , high taxes , and their smog permanently affevted their thinking !!!

Another reason to allow COMMIEFORNIA to secede and form their own country with the the rest of the LEFT COAST. I guess AL CHARLATON was asked to draft this bill.
Commiefornia voters are getting what they voted for. An empty wallet after paying for this.

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California is facing significant financial challenges. In just two years, the state has transitioned from a record budget surplus of $97 billion to a massive deficit of $73 billion. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office predicts continued deficits for years to come, estimating that the cumulative deficit could reach $155 billion over the next four years1.

Several factors contribute to California’s fiscal woes:

  1. Runaway Spending: California spends a substantial amount of money. In fiscal year 2022, the state spent $271 billion from non-federal sources, significantly more than most other states. Adjusted for population, California’s per-resident spending was $6,934, compared to $2,739 in Florida and $2,528 in Texas1.
  2. Financial Mismanagement: The state’s financial reporting has been delinquent, and it hasn’t produced audited financial statements since 2021. Auditors discovered a $19.8 billion misstatement in reported liabilities in 2021, and major weaknesses in internal controls over unemployment benefits were noted. These mismanagement issues are costing California taxpayers billions1.