California is working to pass bills to provide reparations to black Americans and to reinstate the racist affirmative action program. Both bills have passed through the state assembly by a wide margin and are heading to the state Senate.

The assembly bill to provide reparations explains “this bill would establish the Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans, consisting of 8 members, appointed as provided.” Additionally, “the bill would require the Task Force to recommend, among other things, the form of compensation that should be awarded, the instrumentalities through which it should be awarded, and who should be eligible for this compensation.”

The bill leaves more questions than it answers, and it is unlikely that these questions will be answered anytime soon. The passage of this legislation is basically like signing a blank check and hoping everything works out. The outcomes of this bill will set a significant precedent for other states to follow in the months to come.

The next bill being considered by California is a bill to reinstate affirmative action. Affirmative action was previously outlawed in 1996 when provisions were added that stated “the State shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.”

Affirmative action calls for preferential treatment to be given to minority applicants and is a painfully ironic show of bias. The idea of arguing against discrimination by promoting discrimination is utterly ridiculous and should be left where it belongs: In the past.

An assemblywoman from San Diego, Shirley Weber stated “there is an urgent cry for systemic change.” Weber continued, “the ongoing pandemic as well as recent tragedies of police violence is forcing Californians to acknowledge the deep-seated inequality and far-reaching institutional failures that show that your race and gender still matters.” The policy enacted now is critical—it is important that politicians give thought to all possible consequences of their actions rather than acting hastily knee-jerking based on raw emotion.

Both bills show how the state of California is working to meet the demands of protestors. As the cry for change continues to spread, politicians are more emboldened and easily influenced to enact poor laws.

This piece was written by Adrianna San Marco on June 13, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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