It was hard not to think about the deadlines when California’s new repair task force met last week. The nation’s premier organization will spend the next two years studying slavery and the insidious ways in which America’s original sin continues to resonate with black Californians centuries later.
On Tuesday, the task force explained how slavery gave birth to long-standing systems of housing exclusion, which helped perpetuate the extensive segregation we see today, where avant-garde white neighborhoods amass. wealth from property taxes while black and brown neighborhoods exist as food deserts with high death rates. and underfunded public schools.