If you’re looking for a handout, California is the place to be. They give away money like it grows on trees. But they don’t just give it to anyone.
In an effort to address historical housing discrimination, the California Reparations Task Force, a nine-member council formed by Governor Gavin Newsom, estimates that Black state residents could be eligible for as much as $223,200 per person.
The figure is based on the claimed “housing wealth gap” that Black Californians have reportedly faced as a result of discriminatory laws that were in existence between 1933 and 1977. The task team calculated the annual cost to black residents of the policies at $5,074.
The task force passed a motion in March outlining eligibility based on “an individual being an African American descendant of a chattel enslaved person or the descendant of a free Black person living in the US prior to the end of the 19th century.”
It is anticipated that about 7% of Californians will be eligible for reparations, meaning the state’s total allocation for housing discrimination would be over $569 billion.
However, several people were upset with the task force’s final lineage-based strategy because it might have excluded people of color, like recent immigrants. According to a March article in Cal Matters, there were 5 votes in favor and 4 votes against the motion.
The Daily Mail reported,
That is more than California’s $512.8billion expenditure in 2021 – which included funding for schools, hospitals, universities, highways, policing and corrections.
However, discussions are still underway, and the panel is continuing to consider how payments should be made – some suggested tuition and housing grants or cash.
The task force has also identified four other causes for reparations: Mass incarceration, unjust property seizures, devaluation of Black businesses and health care.
It has until June 2023 to submit its final recommendations to the Legislature.
However, several people were upset with the task force’s final lineage-based strategy because it might have excluded people of color, like recent immigrants. According to a March article in Cal Matters, there were 5 votes in favor and 4 votes against the motion, and this is exactly why I’m going to tell you that this isn’t going to be enough to stop the reparations talks. If everyone in the group doesn’t get a ton of money, then they’re not going to be happy and will continue pushing for more money.