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California’s Reparations Panel Approves Plan to Give up to $1.2 Million to Black Residents

The state of California may now reportedly be in the initial stages of providing payments of up to $1.2 million to each eligible Black person, according to an official recommendation made by the California Reparations Task Force.

The task group decided on the last set of recommendations to be sent to the state’s legislators during a public hearing on Saturday in Oakland, California.

The nine-member panel demanded that the state extend a formal apology to its Black citizens in addition to the cash.

The panel’s suggestion divides payouts into several categories of prior discrimination.

For instance, from the early 1930s through the late 1970s, Black people in California who were subject to redlining by banks would get $3,366 for each year they resided there, up to a maximum of $148,099.

A Black Californian who is 71 years old and has resided in California his whole life may get up to $1.2 million overall from these and other payments made under the plan, according to a New York Times analysis.

The panel’s vote on Saturday merely consisted of suggestions for the state legislature and had no bearing on the law.

The group has spent more than a year collecting research and having hearing sessions from the Bay Area to San Diego.

It was established through a measure that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law in the aftermath of the widespread protests after the death of George Floyd in 2020.

Legislators will determine whether to make the suggestions into law after weighing them.

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