CA Contemplates Paying Each Black Resident $223,000 In Reparations

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a bill signing ceremony at Nido's Backyard Mexican Restaurant on February 09, 2022 in San Francisco, California. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signedlegislation to extend COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave for workers. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • California is weighing a plan that calls for paying each black resident of the state $223,200 in reparations.
  • A nine-member task force, authorized by Gov. Gavin Newsom, recommended $569 billion in reparations for black residents, though the number could increase before the final recommendations are submitted in June 2023.
  • Currently, 6.5 percent of California’s population, or 2.5 million people, identify as black or African-American.

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