- California plans to redistribute hundreds of billions in reparations to black Americans who claim to be descendants of slaves, according to a recommendation by a nine-member committee created by Governor Gavin Newsom.
- The committee claims the state government was complicit in the enslavement of blacks in southern states and that blacks are still suffering the lingering effects of slavery and overpolicing.
- Payments of up to $1.2 million per person and $800 billion overall could be made to as many as two million black Californians.
- The panel also recommends leftwing policies including rent control, free college, a guaranteed income for slavery descendants, and single-payer health care.
- The Constitution’s equal protection clause prohibits government policies that discriminate based on broad racial classifications, but narrowly tailored policies to remedy past discrimination have been upheld by federal courts.
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California May Bill You for Slavery
California's panel has recommended reparations of up to $1.2 million per person for descendants of slaves, as well as leftwing policies including rent control and single-payer health care, but the plan faces legal challenges and arbitrary distinctions.