How Black Californians Had Their Land Stolen | KQED Newsroom


The confiscation of land, displacement and erasure has tormented Black people since emancipation. After the disbursement of land to the formerly enslaved was revoked after President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, the call for reparations has had a steady drumbeat. But since the California Reparations Task Force delivered its landmark, 1,200-page report in June, the drumbeat has never been louder. The report has 115 recommendations for reparative measures, including restitution for racially motivated takings of homes. In the fourth episode of Road to Reparations in California, we explore the stories of thriving Black communities — Bruce’s Beach, the town of Allensworth, San Francisco’s Fillmore district and more — that were destroyed because of racist policies. The effects of displacement and housing discrimination continue to ripple through cities across America.

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