Dr. Amos Brown, the vice-chair of California's reparations task force which was created by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2020, told Fox News that the "interest rate" towards reparations is increasing and it's time for people to fork over their money.
"You cannot put a dollar sign on what has been done to black people," Dr. Brown said. "Our sin bill in this nation has been so high, and because of the long years of doing nothing, the interest has grown."
During California's legislative session earlier this month, the reparations task force submitted its final recommendations on how the state can repay black people for slavery occurring in the United States over one hundred years ago. The group's recommended price came to the grand total of $1.2 million per person in the form of cash payments.
Brown said that the reparations task force came to the recommended grand total after meticulously evaluating the harm that has been imposed on black people in the US.
"All we did was evaluate the harm and state the case of what it might mean in terms of dollars and cents," Brown said. "But if you can't pay all of that, say what you can pay. That's the point."
The state of California, which currently faces a $32 billion budget, pushed back at the task force's recommded amount with economists on the panel saying it would cost the state more than $800 billion, which is unreasonable, Fox News reports.
Despite knowing that the state will not be able to pay the requested amount, the vice chair said that it's a "matter of principle" and the government must send whatever they can afford.
"They ought to say, 'this is what we can afford," Brown told the outlet. "And if we can't pay it now, we do like the Germans did - pay for it over installments."
"We need to stop making excuses and come to a reasonable plan that shows that we have good intentions," he said.
"All we're saying is let's just chill out and pay your debt – your sin bill of enslavement. Of discrimination. Of intimidation. Of terrorizing Black people," Brown added.
Brown alleged that the state of California, which outlawed slavery in 1850 before joining the Union, has an extensive history of racist policies that oppress black communities.
"Unfortunately, that evil group called the Ku Klux Klan in California was founded here in San Francisco," he told Fox News. "So, San Francisco's hands are not clean. They have been complicit in this evil system."The recommendations provided to the state by the reparations task force will move to the state legislature for consideration in September, which Brown hopes to see become a reality, the outlet reports.
"The ball is in their court. We have done our work," he said.The reparations task force, which was created by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2020 with members appointed in 2021, to study the economic effects of slavery and discrimination, consists of a nine-member team that focuses on compensation to black Californians who were affected by discriminatory housing discrimination practices utilized from 1933-1977.
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