California passes first-of-its-kind slavery compensation law

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a bill to create a task force to study and make recommendations on damages for slavery.

Bill AB 3121 – the first of its kind for the United States – was signed on Wednesday. A group of nine will explore ways in which the state can compensate families who have suffered from slavery.

“As a nation, we can truly flourish only when each of us has the opportunity to flourish. Our painful history of slavery has turned into structural racism and prejudice embedded in and permeating our democratic and economic institutions, ”Newsom said.

He says non-whites in the state still face “discrimination and disadvantage,” and the compensation is aimed at helping them.