California lawmakers fight with competing reparations plans

Reparation activists are at odds with California lawmakers, claiming the California Legislative Black Caucus’s slate of 14 proposed legislation measures introduced in January does not go far enough to mend the wrongdoings of slavery for black residents. 

The slate of reparation bills comes as the state is dealing with a $70 billion deficit, with several lawmakers focusing on education and public outreach as more important than reparations. Talk of reparations is quite unpopular with the majority of Californians, with 60% opposed to the idea. 

State Sen. Steven Bradford, a member of the California Reparations Task Force, introduced his own set of reparation bills, which haven’t all been included in the CLBC’s priority reparations legislation. Chris Lodgson, with the Coalition for a Just and Equitable California, has embraced Bradford’s efforts and has disapproved of the CLBC for its slate of bills
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