The California Repair Task Force has just released the results of their groundbreaking preliminary report, which calls for compensation for African Americans.
“I hope all people regardless of color and belief really read this report with an open heart and an open mind,” said Kamilah Moore, of the California Repair Task Force.
Moore is chairing the groundbreaking panel and urged the public to see for themselves the results of their preliminary report.
“The conclusion of the report is, you know, compensation needs to be paid, and what these, you know, preliminary reports, which are almost 600 pages long and 13 chapters, it details or largely substantiates the claim for compensation to the African American community,” she told CBSLA.
The report came along with an exhaustive analysis of historical records, testimonies from experts and members of the community, among other elements.
The reports said in part:
“Four hundred years of discrimination have resulted in a huge and persistent divide between black and white Americans.”
The report breaks down in great detail the devastating consequences of slavery and the continuing systems of institutional racism that continue in the justice system, housing, employment and beyond.
“This report also marks the investigation phase of our efforts, and the next phase is the development phase, where the nine members of the task force have conscious conversations about: ‘Okay, what does the compensation look like in light of these injuries that we just outlined?'” Said Moore. .
Jody Armor is a writer and professor of law at USC. He studies and teaches about the crossroads between race, law and politics.
“This is an important moment for us collectively, because if we do not share a common truth, we can not share a common purpose,” he told CBSLA.
The professor pointed out just a few examples of inequalities that still unfold today, the disproportionately large black populations in the prison system and among the outcasts.
“You can not help but notice that they are disproportionately black because 75% of them are black and you go to San Quentin where I take my students, again, you can see the demographics … Blacks are grossly overrepresented in the two most miserable places in our community, Skid Row and Cell Block, “he said.
Black performance despite repression is also highlighted in the report.
“In this report, you will find a detailed list of contributions from the African American community to the state of California and the United States despite the persistent oppression and human degradation that my community experienced,” Moore said.
Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bipartisan legislation that set up this panel back in 2020, making California the only state to go ahead with such a study and plan.