A bill proposing compensation to African descendants of slaves has passed the California Assembly.
The bill has passed the California Assembly on Thursday, with a 56-5 vote.
The bill was already in play, but advanced most likely due to recent protesting and rioting these past 2 weeks after George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and a number of African Americans were murdered by police and white vigilantes.
The bill still needs to pass the Senate, and be signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom.
If the bill passes 8 people with backgrounds in racial justice reform will lead a study and determine who would be eligible for compensation and how it would be rewarded.
Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a Democrat from San Diego who wrote the bill, and who also leads the Legislative Black Caucus, said the study will be including the fact that California participated in slavery, even as it joined the union as a “Free state” in 1850. Weber stated:
“The discriminatory practices of the past echo into the everyday lives of today’s Californians,”
The panel conducting the study will start meeting no later than June 2021.
Many other races and groups have been given different forms of reparations or compensation.
For example, after Japanese Americans were held at internment camps in World War II, the U.S government apologized and payed survivors $20,000 each in 1988.