The nine-member committee voted Saturday to approve proposals on how the state can compensate and apologize for generations of harm caused by discriminatory policies.
A black resident in California who has lived in the state their whole life until the age of 71 could receive more than $1.2million in compensation, if the recommendations are forged into law.
But residents who attended the official meeting in Oakland hit out at the estimated costs of reparations, which some believe it is ‘nowhere near enough,’ demanding $200million direct cash payments to individuals instead.
California became the first state to form a reparations task force in September 2020 following national protests over the death of George Floyd who was killed by a white Minneapolis Police officer.
In 2020, California became the first state to form a reparations task force, which is still in the process of finalizing the amount it will recommend should be paid.
A final report outlining the proposed remuneration is set to be released by the task force on July 1, after nearly three years of research and deliberation. Once submitted, state legislators will consider the proposal.