Economist to help reparations task force tie costs to injustices – Los Angeles Sentinel | Los Angeles Sentry

Dr Darrick Hamilton (Courtesy photo)

With seven meetings remaining before their final report is written, the California task force to study and develop remedial proposals has enlisted the help of Dr. Darrick Hamilton, a leading national scholar and authority on the matter. race and public policy.

He is expected to bring an economic perspective to the work of the group.

The task force said it approved the appointment of the New School New York City economics and urban policy professor and tasked him with helping quantify what compensation should be for black people living in California.

Cheryl Grills, a member of the task force, professor of psychology at Loyola Marymount University, praised Hamilton’s selection.

“As we set the stage for the federal redress process, Professor Hamilton brings a level of credibility that would bode well for the capacity of our work, not just for California but for the nation,” he said. she declared.

Hamilton was not in attendance at the September Virtual Reparations Task Force meeting, but his outlook on reparations and bridging the racial wealth gap was clear in a discussion with the reporter from the area. Chicago, Mark Miller, on a Town of Evanston Roundtable podcast.

Reparations “ground inequality and deprivation of resources” as opposed to changing certain “behavioral attitudes,” Hamilton told Miller, advocating for righting past wrongs and making people understand why there should be change. .

“Reparations is a retrospective, race-specific policy designed to address both racial and economic justice,” Hamilton continued. “It has a component of truth and reconciliation, which not only lends dignity to the history black people have lived. But it helps to change the rhetoric about poverty and inequality more broadly. “

Hamilton has been involved in the development of progressive policy proposals, such as Baby Bonds, which are taxpayer-funded low-income children’s trust accounts. He is also a supporter of the Federal Job Guarantee, a policy that would require the government to provide employment to anyone who needs it. These initiatives have garnered national media attention and have served as inspiration for legislative proposals across the country at federal, state and local levels.

Hamilton was also a member of the Economic Committee of the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force and has testified before several US Senate and House committees, including the Joint Economic Committee on the country’s potential policy responses to health and economy induced by the COVID-19 pandemic. crisis

Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy at the New School, Hamilton is also the founding director of the Institute for the Study of Race, Stratification, and Political Economy at the university where he started. to teach last January.

Founded in 1919, The New School is a private research university in New York City.

Hamilton, Grills said, is “considered one of the nation’s greatest economists,” academics and “public intellectuals.” It was recently featured in the New York Times, Mother Jones magazine and the Wall Street Journal.

In 2017, Politico Magazine featured Hamilton in its article “50 Ideas Shaping American Politics and the People Behind Them”. He is also a member of the Marguerite Casey Foundation in partnership with the inaugural Freedom Scholars class of the Group Health Foundation.

Task Force member Jovan Scott Lewis, chairman of UC Berkeley’s geography department, said Hamilton’s job will be to examine slavery, social issues, unjust laws, educational discrimination, loss of wealth and systematic oppression.

“Academically and intellectually, (Hamilton’s) research is, and would be for our purposes, directly relevant because we are thinking about how to expand into specific areas,” Lewis said.

On September 30, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom enacted the landmark state reparations bill, Assembly Bill (AB) 3121.

AB 3121, titled “The Task Force to Study and Develop Redress Proposals for African Americans,” established a nine-member commission to investigate the history of slavery in the United States, the extent of California’s involvement in slavery, segregation, and Black Citizens’ denial of their constitutional rights.

Members of the task force elected Kamilah V. Moore, an activist and lawyer based in Los Angeles, as its chair. The group also elected Dr. Amos Brown, pastor of Third Baptist Church in San Francisco and president of the NAACP branch in that city, as vice president.

Besides Moore, Brown, Grills and Hamilton, the other members of the task force are State Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena); Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Gardena); Lisa Holder, racial and social justice lawyer; and Monica Montgomery Steppe, member of the San Diego City Council.

Attorney Don Tamaki, Esq., A lawyer best known for his role in the Supreme Court Korematsu case against the United States completes the nine-member panel. Tamaki overturned the conviction of Fred Korematsu who refused to be taken into custody while imprisoning Japanese Americans during World War II.

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