Posted on July 6, 2023

California Reparations Task Force Calls for Eliminating Child Support Debt for Black Residents

Brandon Gillespie, Fox News, July 4, 2023

The California Reparations Task Force is asking the Democrat-controlled state legislature to eliminate interest on past-due child support, as well as any back child support debt for Black residents of the state.

In its final report released last week, the group claimed “discriminatory” laws “have torn African American families apart,” and that one effect of that is the “harms” caused by “the disproportionate amount of African Americans who are burdened with child support debt.”

The nearly 1,100-page document stated that Black Californians represent a larger percentage of those who owe child support debt than their proportion of the state’s population.

It also claimed the 10% interest the state charges on back child support “hinders” their ability to finance further education, attend job training, find employment and maintain housing because of the legal consequences of not paying such debt.

The report cited a 2003 California Department of Child Support Services study that estimated 27% of owed child support in the state was unpaid interest  {snip}