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Reparations: Lineage first step in a long, complex journey

Vocal advocates of reparations gather outside a 2019 Democratic event. (Photo: michelmond, via Shutterstock)

Compensating the families of Black Californians who were scarred by slavery is a delicate, complex and controversial task — as the unprecedented state panel pondering the issue is finding out. The “fact that California is taking the first steps toward reparations for slavery is a major milestone,” Justine Leroy an assistant professor at UC Davis whose research specializes in the history of slavery and emancipation, said of the March 29 vote.

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