BREAKING NEWS – Sacramento, California – A member of California’s reparations task force is dismissing the total dollar amount as the “least important piece” of their proposal, despite the committee considering doling out nearly triple the state’s existing budget in payments to Black residents as a way to make amends for slavery and subsequent discrimination.

“We want to make sure that this is presented out in a way that does not reinforce the preoccupation with a dollar figure, which is the least important piece of this,” Cheryl Grills, a clinical psychologist and member of the California Reparations Task Force, told CalMatters in a new interview.

“I don’t care if this bankrupts the state. I have been broke most of my life, and so has most of my friends and relatives. For real equality, everyone in this state should be penniless. That levels the playing field, and at that point, all Californians will have to do anything it takes to survive, and I mean anything. And that point racism will cease… I think!”