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Activist demands California dole out 'at least $830,000' per person in racial reparations: 'Comply or it's going to be a serious backlash'
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Activist demands California dole out 'at least $830,000' per person in racial reparations: 'Comply or it's going to be a serious backlash'

California's Reparations Task Force recently claimed that the state's black residents whose ancestors were in the U.S. from 1933 to 1977 are owed over half a trillion dollars in reparations for housing discrimination. Some activists are now saying that's not nearly enough.

Self-proclaimed "grassroots hip hop organizer" Deon Jenkins, who recommended close to $1 million in housing reparations on Wednesday, said in a recent interview, "Either they’re going to comply or it’s going to be a serious backlash."

What are the details?

TheBlaze previously reported that the nine-member Reparations Task Force formed via legislation by Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom blamed the wealth gap in the state on redlining and racist housing covenants that segregated black California residents in the 1950s through the 1960s.

Black households have a median wealth of $24,000, whereas white households have a median wealth of $188,200.

The task force determined that black California residents are owed $569 billion or $223,200 each.

Task force chairman Kamilah Moore indicated that this figure has not yet been firmed up, reported the Washington Times.

On Wednesday, the task force held the first part of a two-day meeting in Oakland's City Hall to discuss payout parameters and to decide how taxpayer money will be distributed to the descendants of those subjected to housing discrimination in the mid-20th century.

Moore said in her opening remarks, "It is important to get this right because we are setting the precedent for other states and localities, and also for the federal government as well."

The National Desk reported that during the public notice and comment portion of the meeting, certain activists made clear that $223,200 falls short of what they think they are owed.

Activist Deon Jenkins claimed that the amount should be on par with the median house price in the state of California, "at least $830,000."

Deon Jenkins ran as an independent to represent California in the U.S. Senate and lost in the primary on June 7, netting fewer than 7,000 votes. Jenkins also ran for president in 2016 and 2020.

Although rejected at the ballot box, Jenkins is evidently keen to make a political difference by other means.

Jenkins claimed there were four elements of reparations, which he previously stressed should only be for black Americans who descended from American slaves: "Defense, money, land, grants. ... Four elements of every society, every nation – a defensive structure, economy, land, and having access to that economy."

According to the activist, "If that is not being addressed, reparations will not hold. Reparations – repair is the root word, we cannot have repair if those elements are not addressed."

The deterioration of the proposed reparations will not be the only consequence if activists' demands are not met, Jenkins intimated in an interview.

"Unfortunately, we all know what's next. Either they're going to comply or it's going to be a serious backlash," he said.

Max Fennell, an activist and the CEO of Fenn Coffee, suggested that the task force should increase the amount at taxpayers' expense by $127,000, for a individual payout of $350,000.

Fennell also recommended a small business grant of $250,000 and 15-20 acres to each eligible party.

"It's a debt that's owed; we worked for free," said Fennell. "We're not asking; we're telling you."

Dr. Amos Brown, vice chairman of the task force, told TND that the "work of the Task Force continues and will be completed in the Summer of 2023 with the release of our final report."

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