Newsom signs law to study and make proposals on reparations for black people

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a law establishing a path to reparations for black people.

“After watching last night’s debate, this signing can’t come too soon,” Newsom declared.

Newsom said in a statement “as a nation, we can only truly thrive when every one of us has the opportunity to thrive. Our painful history of slavery has evolved into structural racism and bias built into and permeating throughout our democratic and economic institutions.”

“California’s rich diversity is our greatest asset, and we won’t turn away from this moment to make right the discrimination and disadvantages that Black Californians and people of color still face. While there is still so much work to do to unravel this legacy, these pieces of legislation are important steps in the right direction to building a more inclusive and equitable future for all,” Newsom added.

The legislation, authored by Democrat Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, establishes a nine-person task force that will study the impact of slavery on Black people in California and recommend to the Legislature “what kind of compensation should be provided, who should receive it and what form that compensation will take.”

Per the Office of the Governor of California:

Governor Newsom signed:

#AB3121 establishing task force to study & make proposals on reparations for slavery #AB2542 prohibiting use of race, ethnicity or national origin to seek or obtain convictions or impose sentences
#AB3070 aims to eliminate discrimination in jury selection