By an overwhelming 33-3 vote, California state senators have voted to advance a task force to study reparations for slavery.
Democratic State Senator Holly Mitchell (D-CA) commented “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.”
Mitchell cited higher rates of incarceration, homelessness and unemployment among blacks.
State Sen. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena argued “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.”
In June, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas spoke in favor of a bill to study slave reparations.
“We now have an opportunity, through H.R. 40, to have the highest level of discussion about systemic racism and race.” Jackson Lee argued “And we are able to do it in a manner that is bringing people together; that acknowledges that Black lives matter; and acknowledges that there has to be a response.