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The California State Assembly voted 56-5 on Thursday to move forward with AB-3121, a radical bill that calls for the formation of a task force to study the idea of black reparations and determine how much every eligible black family would earn.

“This bill would establish the Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans … to, among other things, identify, compile, and synthesize the relevant corpus of evidentiary documentation of the institution of slavery that existed within the United States and the colonies,” the bill’s text reads.

The bill would require the Task Force to recommend, among other things, the form of compensation that should be awarded, the instrumentalities through which it should be awarded, and who should be eligible for this compensation.”

View the full text of the bill below:

The bill justifies its proposal by arguing that “[m]ore than 4,000,000 Africans and their descendants were enslaved in the United States and the colonies that became the United States from 1619 to 1865, inclusive.”

It’s unlikely that any of their modern descendants ever experienced slavery, though some contemporary black activists have alleged that the black community’s allegiance to the Democrat Party is itself a form of “mental slavery.”

“Following the abolition of slavery, the United States government at the federal, state, and local levels continued to perpetuate, condone, and often profit from practices that continued to brutalize and disadvantage African Americans, including sharecropping, convict leasing, Jim Crow laws, redlining, unequal education, and disproportionate treatment at the hands of the criminal justice system,” the bill’s text continues.

“As a result of the historic and continued discrimination, African Americans continue to suffer debilitating economic, educational, and health hardships.”

The argument is based on the dubious narrative that blacks — and only blacks, apparently — suffer disadvantages in contemporary America because of white supremacy based “systemic racism.” This alleged racism has been blamed for, among other things, the black community’s relatively low rate of income.

Yet as noted by conservative black activist Candace Owens, this argument doesn’t explain why America’s top income earners are Asians:

In fact, whenever proponents of reparations and other grievance-based proposals speak about systemic racism, they always use numbers and charts that mysteriously only list two races: whites and blacks.

Example:

It’s as if other races don’t even exist …

The bill drafted and passed by the California State Assembly functions in the same way by noting that blacks boast “[a]n unemployment rate more than twice the current white unemployment rate.”

Once again, it’s as if other races don’t exist.

The bill requires the so-called Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans to write a report containing findings and recommendations by no later than “one year after the date of the first meeting of the Task Force.”

What remains unclear – and only time will tell – is whether all this fuss will actually lead to anything tangible.

“The Governor shall call the first meeting of the Task Force to occur no later than June 1, 2021,” the bill notes.

While that gives the Task Force until June 1, 2022 to submit its report, it may not be politically beneficial anymore by then for Democrats to pursue a reparations agenda. It depends entirely on the political climate of that time.

As it stands, because of the recent George Floyd riots and ongoing George Floyd protests — as well as the Maoist-like cultural revolution engendered by the protests — it behooves the mostly Democrat members of the California State Assembly to pursue this agenda.

The bill’s wording demonstrates rather clearly that California Democrats agree with the protesters’ gripes, regardless of truth and veracity. And as noted by some critics, this clear-cut pandering couldn’t come at a better time, given as it’s an election year.

Look:

And that’s why even presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden has embraced the idea of reparations, regardless of how illogical and unfair the implementation of such a proposal would indubitably be.

Vivek Saxena

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