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'Horrors and harms': California says slavery legacy requires 'comprehensive reparations'

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Reparations call by CaliforniaThe harm to African Americans that started with slavery persists to this day through systemic discrimination that requires California to make "comprehensive reparations" and extensive reforms in housing, education and the justice system, according to a sweeping report released Wednesday by a first-in-the-nation state reparations task force.

The panel, whose recommendations pertain to California, also urged the creation of a special office charged with providing a pathway for financial reparations for Black residents, according to version of the report examined by USA TODAY.

At nearly 500 pages, the task force interim report extensively chronicles centuries of racial oppression from the start of slavery here in the 1600s to present-day inequities experienced by Black Americans in California and the rest of the country. It includes recommendations for repairing the damage in more than a dozen categories.

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