He was, of course, referring to outcry after president Donald Trump declined to denounce white supremacist groups during his debate with Joe Biden on Tuesday night.
Newsom the signed a law on Wednesday that opens the door to the state paying reparations of some kind to Black Californians, especially those who are descendants of slaves.
The law does not commit to any specific kind of payment. It calls for a nine-member task force that will be asked to make recommendations for how reparations could be provided, such as through compensation or restitution.
The task force can also make recommendations on eliminating state laws and policies that perpetuate discrimination and on issuing a formal apology “for the perpetration of gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity on African slaves and their descendants,” according to the bill.
“California has come to terms with many of issues, but it has yet to come to terms with its role in slavery,” said Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, who chairs the caucus and introduced the Assembly Bill 3121, said at the bill signing ceremony. “AB 3121 is groundbreaking for the United States, to basically say this state is going to deal with the issue of reparation and we’ll make a difference as the result of that.”
In related news, Assembly Bill 3070, introduced by Assemblymember Shirley Weber and signed into law today by Governor Gavin Newsom, is fights racial discrimination in jury selection. It establishes a presumption that certain reasons for excluding jurors are improper proxys for racial discrimination, and targets implicit or unconscious bias in jury selection.