Cash is Nice, But Cali’s Reparations Task Force Wants a Real Estate Portfolio Too

Here’s a tip for you enlightened families fleeing conservative states for the Child Genital Mutilation Promised Land of California: As soon as you get there, ask the reparations task force where you’re allowed to live. They’re going to have an outsized say in the real estate market.

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Among the ideas the task force spitballed when it announced its preliminary recommendations was for the state legislature to require all cities and counties with allegedly segregated neighborhoods to submit all their real estate ordinances to a state agency for approval based on whether they maintain or lessen “residential racial segregation.”

Racial reparations, you see, aren’t just about cash, though that’s a huge part of it – just ask Governor Gavin Newsom, who created the task force. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but last week Newsom tried to weasel out of giving 1.8 million people an average of $360,000 each. As Jerry Wilson wrote here, “That is one of the more impressive word salads recently uttered. As best I can translate it, it comes out to, ‘We ain’t doin’ nuttin’ for you but vote for us anyway, mmmkay?’”

When the panderer appeared to balk, the pandered-to got surly. Then came what Bob Hoge called “the screech” as the governor “frantically tried to throw it in reverse.” A spokesman told the Sacramento Bee:

The sensationalized framing in pieces published by outlets like Fox News and others is inaccurate. The Governor looks forward to reviewing the final report — and all recommendations — when complete.

Predictably, California Republicans (all four of them) are enjoying themselves. Assemblyman James Gallagher told Fox News Digital, “No matter what he does, he’s going to anger part of his base … This is just one more example of the Governor’s tendency to make big promises he can’t or won’t keep, and people are going to learn quickly that Newsom is all talk but no action.”

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Perhaps, but in the meantime, the reparations task force wants to get control of who lives where in California, with several proposals meant to address ‘housing segregation’ and ‘unjust property takings’ that contributed to alleged systemic racism against Black Californians.”

Hmmm. While they’re at it they should ask those nice white tech sector liberals why they’ve priced black people (and everyone else) out of housing in San Francisco.

Among the most controversial of the housing proposals is one that would seemingly hand over control of local land use decisions to a state agency that would approve ordinances based on whether they maintain or decrease segregation

Now this sounds like something Newsom could get behind. Create a new state agency to grab power from municipalities and, ultimately, private individuals.

They really want to give the mediocracy, er, I mean bureaucracy all kinds of fun new powers. “To address local zoning laws that ‘reinforce and recreate this systemic housing segregation,’ the task force continues, the legislature should identify California cities and counties that have historically redlined neighborhoods – areas flagged as risky investments where residents are therefore denied financial services such as loans or insurance – and whose ‘current levels of residential racial segregation are statistically similar to the degree of segregation in that city or county when it was redlined.’”

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The task force isn’t just narrowly focused on money and power. Like fellow victims, the Palestinians, are entitled to a “’right to return’ for Black residents ‘displaced’ by development projects, ‘racially restrictive covenants,’ ‘state-sanctioned violence,’ and ‘racial terror’ to come back to those areas to live.

Okay, maybe they are focused on money and power. But really, what could go wrong in this utopia:

The committee’s final recommendations include a host of other housing-related proposals – such as repealing policies limiting those with criminal records from renting property, funding housing-focused anti-racism education programs, and establishing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) certification programs for affordable housing contractors, providers, and decision makers.

To the last normal people leaving California, I’d say “Turn out the lights,” but they’ll probably go out by themselves soon enough.

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