California Governor Gavin Newsom is on a mission it seems.
Just a few days ago, he issued an executive order apologizing on behalf of the state for its past violent treatment of its indigenous population. From The Hill:
In a historic move, Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order apologizing on behalf of the state and its citizens for the past violence against Native Americans. “We can never undo the wrongs… but we can tell the truth.”
Telling the truth is a start indeed…
But he followed that up with a bold move forward. He placed a halt on all executions in his state. CBSNews.com:
There are 737 inmates on death row in California – most of any state in the nation. But that could change now that Gov. Gavin Newsom, who took office in January, halted executions with an executive order.
“Just last year we had someone who was exonerated that spent 26 years on death row – joining the ranks of 164 human beings that have been exonerated, that have spent time on death row. It’s a racist system. You cannot deny that,” Newsom said Friday on “CBS This Morning.” “It’s a system that is perpetuating inequality. It’s a system that I cannot in good conscience support.”
He also makes some interesting remarks about the Green New Deal and about influence and privilege in the nation.
“We’ve got to reflect on this in a much deeper way. It’s all about money. It’s all about money,” Newsom said. “Two-thirds of the folks in these positions of influence as administrators – their purpose, they’re literally judged on their basis of their connections and ability to raise money. But with that comes some expectation. People aren’t just benignly writing $100 million checks. They expect something more than just their name attached. They’re going to get a return phone call.”
He acknowledged it applies to politicians as well.
“Deeply true with anyone in positions of influence, and politicians are among them,” Newsom said.
Newsom has always been a progressive politician. I’m curious to watch how California leads the nation with him at the helm.