According to reports, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law that could open the door for reparations for slavery. “After watching last night’s debate, this signing can’t come too soon,” said Newsom while signing Assembly Bill 3121. The legislation authorizes a task force that will study how best to implement reparations to benefit the African American community.
“Advancing this cause where it’s not just a question on a questionnaire for a candidate running for office but actually taking shape here, that’s a meaningful moment,” said Newsom. “This conversation is so long overdue.”
In addition to exploring the economic facets of the reparation topic, the task force will also recommend eliminating state laws “that continue to disproportionately and negatively affect African Americans,” and propose the State of California issue “a formal apology on behalf of the people of California for the perpetration of gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity on African slaves and their descendants.”
The passage of Assembly Bill 3121 got the approval of Ice Cube, as well. Cube tweeted on Wednesday, “Thank you Governor @GavinNewsom for signing AB3121,” adding, “Thank you @ADOSLosAngeles for bringing the bill to my attention so we could push from all angles.”