Reparations considered in California, more Uvalde funerals: 5 Things podcast

On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: California says slavery legacy requires ‘comprehensive reparations’

Bill Keveney reports. Plus, Uvalde funerals continue, Supreme Court correspondent John Fritze reports on a decision affecting a Texas social media rule, more weapons head to Ukraine and the Atlantic hurricane season begins.

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Taylor Wilson:

Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Wednesday, the 1st of June, 2022. Today, the conversation around reparations in California. Plus funerals begin in Uvalde, Texas, and more.

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  3. And today is the start of Pride Month. The month celebrates LGBTQ voices and experiences, and dates back to 1969, when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Manhattan.

A report out later today from a reparations task force, shows that the harm to African Americans that began with slavery, continues to this day through systemic discrimination in California, and that the state should make comprehensive reparations. Reporter Bill Keveney has the details.

Bill Keveney:

California has a first in the nation’s state reparations task force that’s looking at discrimination against Black Americans over the centuries from slavery until the present day. And their goal is to come up with a proposal for some kind of reparation plan to provide compensation to Black state residents. It focuses on the state. It’s also being looked at in other parts of the country as perhaps a model for what other states might consider. There’s movement in Washington for a federal effort on this regard, regarding reparations. So it’s in the spotlight. It’s also a contentious issue. A 2019 Gallup poll showed strong support among Black Americans and more opposition from white Americans. It’s a contentious issue, but task force members and supporters believe that there’s momentum for this, especially in light of the 2020 social justice movement that broke out after the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others.

PJ Elliott:

Is there an amount for the reparations that’s being looked at? And is there a timeline for when they could be paid out, if they’re paid out?

Bill Keveney:

No, the details are central to anything like this. First of all, everything they do is a recommendation. It’s made to the state legislature and governor, which commissioned the task force. Its term runs out next year. And in the next year, their goal is to come up with specifics of a plan. How much it would cost? How it would be distributed and in what amounts? Eligibility requirements. They have made one major eligibility requirement in that, for reparations themselves, they’re only available to descendants of people who were enslaved or free in the US in the 19th century. This report also includes a bunch of other reforms designed to make things like housing, education, and the legal system fairer. But those go beyond specific compensation reparations. I relied on a draft report that task force members expected wouldn’t undergo substantial change.

Taylor Wilson:

You can find Bill’s full story in today’s show description.

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