The crowd at the final California Reparations Task Force meeting in Sacramento on Thursday.(Screenshot/California Department of Justice YouTube account)
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The Reparations Task Force meeting this week represented the final one in a series of public events facilitating discussions between California residents and state officials about establishing potential restitution for perceived inequality between African Americans and the rest of America stemming from slavery and centuries of discrimination.
The final meeting occurred just over a month after the nine-member panel officially recommended that California state legislators allocate funds to pay African American residents of the state, according to historical discrimination.
According to the task force's recommendation, certain qualifying Black Californians could receive up to $1.2 million in reparations.
The task force’s final meeting in Sacramento on Thursday began with a raucous atmosphere as the public comment section — the first portion of the meeting — featured yelling from animated public commenters, one of whom got the crowd into a frenzy.
California Department of Justice member Aisha Martin-Walton introduced the public comment section and called up the first slate of speakers. The first, a Black woman, began a tense recounting of how her ancestors were never paid back for their enslavement and never benefited "from the promise of America."
She thanked the task force for their work and praised Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom for having "changed the course of history" by allowing the task force’s work.
A sign demanding reparations in California.(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
The meeting sparked with the second speaker, a Black man named Reggie Romaine, who claimed that what the board had recommended in payments is not enough. He suggested that African Americans get half the country after divorcing from the rest of America.
He began by saying, "This reparations task force, I appreciate y’all. But you all opened up a whole can of worms. I’m going to tell you this. Reparations is about repair. To me, I qualify. I’m going to tell you how you repair this."
"First of all America, from the evidence that they gave us, you’re guilty," he said. "In 1619 we was eating fool food! You kidnapped us! Put a hate crime on us! That’s the first one. Now you came here with all the other atrocities. When you brought us here, you raped our men, women, and kids. So therefore, you married us!"
"Don’t treat us like no cheap piece of meat!" he exclaimed, before pushing for a national divorce. "So therefore, our last name’s ‘American!’ So now’s the time for a divorce! What do you get in divorce? You get half the money, half the land, alimony, child support, attorney fees, and everything else! So that’s what we want!"
The speaker then plugged his website along with something he dubbed the "1619 Party," which he described as a sort of independent political platform built around providing reparations for African Americans nationwide. The crowd applauded the impassioned speaker as he walked off.
A subsequent speaker named Donnie Brown got the crowd into the mix. After remarking that "Today is a day of celebration" and praising the task force, he asked the general attendees of the meeting to stand.
"So if you’re in this room and you’re about reparations, please stand because the world is getting ready to hear us right now." He then asked the crowd, "Answer my question: What do we want?" Fists raised, many in the crowd yelled, "Reparations!" Brown asked, "When?" and they screamed, "Now!" He repeated the mantra several times, with the crowd screaming the corresponding responses.
He then thanked the crowd and returned to his seat.
Fox News Digital reached out to the Reparations Task Force for comment on Thursday's meeting and is awaiting a response.