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Tags: black people | slavery | reparations | california

Black Skepticism High About Receiving Reparations

By    |   Tuesday, 26 December 2023 11:09 AM EST

Despite some states and cities seemingly making progress on reparations for Black slave descendants, the road to receiving money remains challenging.

"Public opinion — meaning white people and white politicians — is not sympathetic to our plight and how it is tied to slavery," Los Angeles entrepreneur Jonathan Wright said, NBC News reported.

"Call me a pessimist. They have benefited from slavery and discrimination for centuries, but they can't even tolerate the idea that our families for generations have been impacted by this. It's OK for them to benefit, but not for us to be compensated. That's what we're dealing with and that makes me pessimistic."

Pew Research Center poll results in November 2022 showed that 77% of Black adults believe descendants of enslaved Africans in the U.S. should receive reparations in some way, but only 18% of white respondents agreed.

Even in California, where a task force recommended cash reparations for descendants of slaves earlier this year, 59% of voters overall are against the idea of cash payments to certain Black residents, according to a University of California, Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies survey.

Economists working with California's Reparations Task Force in March said that Black residents in California are owed $800 billion instead of an initial estimate of $640 billion because of mass incarceration, over-policing, and housing discrimination.

In September, California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom emphasized that reparations in the form of cash payments may not be the recourse.

California isn't the only state that has focused on reparations.

New York Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation last week aimed at coming up with a plan for reparations for slavery.

"Today, we are continuing our efforts to right the wrongs of the past by acknowledging the painful legacy of slavery in New York," Hochul said. "We have a moral obligation to reckon with all parts of our shared history as New Yorkers, and this commission marks a critical step forward in these efforts."

Evanston, Illinois, in 2021 became the first U.S. city to actually pay reparations to its eligible Black residents. Elsewhere, Black people remain skeptical that they'll receive money.

"I won't hold my breath," Amina Ali, a 52-year-old Oakland, California, resident, told NBC News. "I want it as badly as the next Black person. But I also live in the world. I know the reparations people worked hard for a long time to make the case. I commend them. And they made a very strong case.

"But I know that there are enough people against it to keep it from happening. Be real: White people don't want us to have an even playing field."

Charlie McCarthy

Charlie McCarthy, a writer/editor at Newsmax, has nearly 40 years of experience covering news, sports, and politics.

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Despite some states and cities seemingly making progress on reparations for Black slave descendants, the road to receiving money remains challenging.
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2023-09-26
Tuesday, 26 December 2023 11:09 AM
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