California Prepares to Create Genealogy Office

( – California’s state legislature just approved a bill to create a genealogy office. The new agency will identify people eligible for “reparations” for historic slavery. The state’s slavery policies are starting to collide with reality, and the majority of any payouts could end up going to white people — but liberal legislators are pushing on with their plans.

On April 15, the California Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 1403, which would mandate the establishment of the California American Freedmen Affairs Agency (CAFA). The plan is for this to be a cabinet-level state agency that will implement the recommendations of California’s reparations task force.

On May 6, 2023, the task force recommended the state issue a formal apology for slavery, even though slavery was outlawed there the day California became a state, and pay hundreds of billions of dollars in “reparations” to the descendants of slaves. Now lawmakers are working on the problem of deciding who should get the money — which could be up to $1.2 million per person — and they want CAFA to run a genealogy office to trace the descendants of slaves.

There’s a big problem, though. The original proposal said reparations should go to “African American descendants of a chattel enslaved person,” but because this looked uncomfortably like a racist policy, it was changed to “descendants of an African American chattel enslaved person in the United States.” Around 3.5% of white Americans have at least 1% black ancestry, and in California, whites make up 72% of the population; blacks are about 6.5%.

The National African American Reparations Commission says this could mean “white people could claim the bulk of reparations.” Many are already opposed to “reparations” because it means white people who never owned slaves giving money to black people who never were slaves.

If it’s going to degenerate even further, into white people giving money to other white people, what’s the point of it? California optimistically thinks a genealogy office will solve this problem.

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