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LA To Pay Black Family $20M for Property Seized 100 Years Ago

'...finally rebuilding the generational wealth they were denied for nearly a century ... '

(Headline USALos Angeles County plans to pay $20 million to a black family who claims a southern California beachfront property was wrongly taken from their ancestors more than 100 years ago.

Janice Hahn, chair of the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, announced this week that the county will be making the payment to the family’s heirs to correct the long-ago “injustice” that occurred when the beachfront property once known as Bruce’s Beach was seized via eminent domain.

“This fight has always been about what is best for the Bruce family, and they feel what is best for them is selling this property back to the County for nearly $20 million and finally rebuilding the generational wealth they were denied for nearly a century,” Hahn said in a statement.

State Sen. Steven Bradford, who sponsored legislation authorizing the payment to the Bruce family, said he’s happy with the deal, noting that simply returning the beachfront to the Bruce family would not have been possible because current zoning regulations would have prevented them from developing it.

Bruce’s Beach was seized in the 1920s by the Manhattan Beach City Council, which condemned the property and took it through eminent domain. 

This move is just the latest in a series of efforts by California Democrats to offer various forms of reparations to minorities. The chair of the state’s Reparations Task Force argued last week that the state owes black citizens more than $1 million each, saying homeless black people are owed even more.

Chairwoman Kamilah Moore and her “Reparations Task Force” released a report last month listing vile “atrocities” that the state has inflicted on black residents, including government taking of property, devaluation of black-owned businesses, housing discrimination and homelessness, mass incarceration and over-policing, and a lack of healthcare.

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