In 1924 the city of Manhattan Beach, in Los Angeles county, used eminent domain to seize a privately owned beach from a black family. The black family was paid fair market value at the time, $14,125. The family had originally purchased the beach for $1,225. The original family is now long dead, of course, but the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has now voted unanimously to return the beach to the family's descendants (only the grandchildren are still alive). This is due to a public outcry that taking away the property from them was racist. So now to "right past wrongs", the county wants to return the beach. The Los Angeles county board of supervisors voted unanimously 5-0 to return the beach to the family's descendants. There is one small catch though and that is before the beach can be returned, the state of California has to pass a law granting a special exception to approve the transfer, something which is likely to happen. The beach is now in an area considered prime real estate and probably worth about $72 million. There are numerous large very expensive houses packed right up adjacent to the beach, and some of the homeowners might not be happy about the beach returning to private hands and no longer being a public beach. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/b...rned-to-descendants/ar-BB1fRT6j?ocid=msedgntp https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com/...-go-back-to-descendants-of-first-black-owners Some additional past history, it is true that Willa and Charles Bruce were forced to sell the property for racist reasons. The couple had made the beach into a sort of resort specifically for black people, and the man that had sold them the beach, George H. Peck, was developing the adjacent plots and allowing them to be sold to black people. At that time, the city of Los Angeles was informally divided into east and west, with black people living in several areas in the east part. There were many people who wanted to keep it that way. The beach resort was attracting too many black families to build homes near the beach, so the community got the city to force them to sell the beach, condemning the beach and several properties in the surrounding area. The city tried to lease the land to a private buyer to create a white-only beach, but the NAACP got involved and eventually the courts overturned the beach's condemning, and it opened again to the public. It's highly doubtful that the descendants would be able to pay the property taxes, at the current going rates, on that beach property. If it is given to them, it would be almost certain they would decide to immediately sell it. And very likely it would be the county would be the one buying it back from them. So in reality, we're really not talking about giving the beach back to them, we are talking about giving the family $72 million of county taxpayer money as "reparations". If anyone is curious, the amount that the city originally compensated them for the taking of their property, $14,125 in 1924 dollars would be the equivalent of $218,795 today. This certainly isn't the only couple who had their property taken from them by eminent domain. There are countless others, most of which were not for racist reasons, but not all of those were for good reasons. The property was taken 97 years ago. One wonders if this is too late to try to "correct" a mistake.