California is officially trying to turn radical, progressive pipe dreams into modern reality.
The state Senate voted on Saturday to give near-final legislative approval to a proposal that establishes a task force to decide how to distribute reparation funds for chattel slavery.
Fox News reports:
The panel would study the effects slavery had on California and recommend to the legislature no later than 2023 what type of compensation would be appropriate, how it might be dispersed and who could be eligible to receive it.
The task force could also recommend other forms of redress besides money.
The 33-3 Senate vote came the same weekend as the 57th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and as protests against racial injustice continued across the country.
The proposal, AB-3121, titled “Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans,” would create the nine-member commission. Following Saturday’s Senate vote, the measure returns to the Assembly for a final vote before lawmakers adjourn for the year Monday, FOX 11 in Los Angeles reported. See you in 4 years when Democrats pull this reparations hoax out of mouth balls for 2024.
Assembly members overwhelmingly approved an earlier version of the bill.
“Let’s be clear: Chattel slavery, both in California and across our nation, birthed a legacy of racial harm and inequity that continues to impact the conditions of Black life in California,” state Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, said.
She pointed to higher rates of incarceration, homelessness, and unemployment among African-Americans, all of which would be more adequately blamed on failed (Democrat) policies rather than the lingering effects of an institution that ended 150 years ago.
“If the 40-acres-and-a-mule that was promised to free slaves were delivered to the descendants of those slaves today, we would all be billionaires,” said state Sen. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena. He said “I hear far too many people say, ‘Well, I didn’t own slaves, that was so long ago.’ Well, you inherit wealth — you can inherit the debt that you owe to African-Americans.”
Civil rights icon W. E. B. Du Bois disagreed. He opined what he saw as too many blacks sinking into “listless indifference”, and “shiftlessness”, or “reckless bravado.” Du Bois saw an enormous need for self-improvement among blacks at this point in history and that younger blacks needed to “try harder.”
Gardena calculates it as, “the debt that you owe.” He’s automatically presuming that the average California resident is the descendant of slaves. Setting aside completely the fact that California is an incredibly diverse state with residents from all over the world, it’s very messy to try to determine which white Americans living today were even descended from those who might have fought to preserve chattel slavery or owned slaves themselves. To say nothing of the morally dubious claim that the descendants of slave-owners are even morally responsible to pay reparations for this unpaid labor.
We can’t undo slavery by enslaving people ideologically and politically into paying and accepting the blame for something they never did yet every 4 years, Democrats drag this out of the closet as a mental exercise in mass manipulation of black voters.