A state task force approved recommendations on providing restitution to California’s Black residents. But the state does not currently send cash payments.
September 2020California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation creating a group tasked with researching and making recommendations on redress of slavery for the state’s Black community.
compensation is common understanding as a way to address injustices like slavery and racism. At the national level, NAACP support for an apology, financial payment and social service benefits, among other forms of compensation.
Now, a few years after the California task force was formed, everybody ABOVE social media is claiming that the state recently approved a compensation payment of $1.2 million for each of its Black residents.
Terrera also texted VERIFY to ask if Black California residents received compensation.
Is California currently sending $1.2 million in compensation to each of its Black residents?
No, California is not currently sending $1.2 million in compensation to each of its Black residents.
The state task force has proposed sending cash payments to residents, some of whom are likely to receive more than $1 million. But the state legislature has the power to propose and pass legislation before sending it to the governor to sign into law.
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WHAT WE FIND
California’s task force to research and develop compensation proposals for African Americans voted for approval on May 6. proposed in a final report about how to compensate and apologize to Black residents for harm caused by discriminatory state policies. Those proposals include sending compensation payments to Black residents.
But California is not currently sending a $1.2 million compensation payment to each of its Black residents, as implied by the social media posts.
The task force’s role is to “develop recommendations for future legislative action,” office of California Attorney General Rob Bonta said on his website. Any compensation, including monetary compensation, will need to be proposed and approved by state legislators before it is signed into law by Governor Newsom.
California Representative Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-District 59), who is on the task force, said in a statement that members of the state legislature still need to submit a redress bill based on the task force’s final report. If such a bill passes, Newsom could sign it into law.
California Attorney General Rob Bonta’s office also said social media posts about Black residents in the state currently receiving compensation were “sharing false and misleading information.”
“There is no such process with the Department of Justice or any other state agency,” said Bonta’s office said on his website. “Under AB 3121, any compensation program needs to be enacted by the Legislature and approved by the Governor.”
The task force has yet to send its final report to state legislators, Newsom said in a statement provided for VERIFICATION, but it is scheduled to be implemented by July 1, 2023.
What the task force recommends
In part of its final reportThe task force discussed two different types of monetary compensation.
First, the state legislature should allow Black residents to file claims and receive compensation or compensation for specific circumstances that cause harm to them or their family members. The task force also recommends the creation of a new state agency responsible for handling these complaints and providing payments.
The second proposed type of compensation would apply more broadly to eligible Black residents in the state and would not require anyone to “provide evidence documenting their harm.”
In its proposal, the task force recommends that the same state agency tasked with processing claims be responsible for determining the eligibility of residents and paying people directly. eligible.
While it is unclear how compensation payments will be determined if the recommendations are implemented, the task force’s recommendations include the following estimated losses resulting from discriminatory practices: Trial in the state:
- For health effects: $13,619 for each year of residency in California; or a total of $966,921 for someone living to age 71, which is the average life expectancy for Black residents in the state.
- For mass incarceration and excessive control: $2,352 for each year of residency from 1971 to 2020, or $115,260 per person.
- For housing inequality: An estimate based on the wealth gap in home ownership between white and black residents in the state calculates the loss at $145,847 each. Another method based on Discrimination “redlining” practice estimated losses of up to $148,099, or $3,366 per year as a California resident from 1933 to 1977.
- To devalue black-owned businesses: $77,000 per Black resident in California.
The $1.2 million figure in social media posts seems to come from estimates reported by several news outlets, such as the New York Times. Newspapers that, in theory, a 71-year-old lifelong California resident could be eligible for roughly $1.2 million in total compensation under the task force’s recommendations.
Although Newsom did not comment on whether he supported the task force’s recommendations, he said “dealing with the legacy of slavery is not just about cash payments.”
The task force’s proposals go beyond monetary compensation. It is also calling on the state to enact various policy changes and sorry for racism and slavery.