California Attorney General Rob Bonta will launch the state’s first Racial Justice Bureau, he announced Tuesday.
The new division of the California’s Department of Justice will be comprised of six attorneys and one supervising deputy attorney.
California is not the first to create a unit of this kind — states including Vermont, Massachusetts, and Oregon already have racial justice branches.
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Bonta says the impetus for the new bureau was the recent surge of anti-Asian hate crime. He will task the new team with addressing bias, hate organizations and hate crimes.
But that’s not all they’ll do.
The bureau will assist California’s Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. They will help implement “restorative justice” in the classrooms and combat “Campus Climate Issues” to make school environments more “equitable.”
The focus for now, however, will be the hate crime incidents. After all, hate crimes against A
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