Newsom’s California reparations panel is a disaster all Black Americans should reject
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California’s reparations task force was supposed to be a no-lose political stunt to burnish Governor Gavin Newsom’s credentials as he angles toward higher office. Instead, it’s exposing the inherent absurdity of the entire concept of reparations and turning into a major political liability for Newsom.
The idea was simple: the task force would deliberate, generating regular headlines, and then eventually propose something. Either the proposal would be feasible, in which case Black Californians would get some nominal amount of money and Newsom could claim a “win,” or it would be outlandish, in which case legislators would balk and Newsom would claim that he had done everything in his power to correct historic injustices.
Either way, whenever Newsom decided to throw his hat into the ring for a Democrat presidential nomination, he would use the reparations task force to campaign hard for the Black vote, which is particularly influential in Democratic presidential primaries, as Joe Biden can attest.
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But now, it appears there was a third possibility that Newsom had not foreseen. The reparations task force started making proposals that featured mind-bogglingly