The California Reparations Task Force released a preliminary report outlining the effects of slavery and discriminatory policies that have impacted generations of African American Californians.
Kamilah Moore is the chair of the task force and she joined host Lisa McRee on LA Times Today with more on her work.
Many Californians might not understand the state's relationship with the slave trade. Moore explained how California was complicit in it.
"We invited people to provide expert testimony on California's role in perpetuating the institution of slavery in this country and in the state," she said. "We learned that, for instance, there were over 1,500 enslaved Black people in the state of California by 1852. Many of them were brought with their enslavers from the South to mine for gold and to enact other forced labor in the state. We also learned that California also enacted a Fugitive Slave...