Illinois to Pay Reparations to African Americans

did you know eraoflightdotcomA city in Illinois has announced it will create a reparations fund for its African American community through a new tax on marijuana sales.

Recreational use of the drug will become legal in the state from January and officials in Evanston, which is 12 miles north of Chicago, have voted to approve a 3 per cent tax on the sales to fund a local reparations programme.

The tax is expected to generate between $500,000 and $750,000 annually for the reparations fund, which will be capped at $10 million over the next ten years.

The city’s lawmakers will meet next week to determine exactly how the fund will be distributed, but one idea being proposed is for the money to go towards things like skills training or financial assistance for down payments on a home in the area.

The fund will be available to all of the city’s black residents, rather than merely those who can prove they had an ancestor who was enslaved, as long as they can meet certain residency criteria.

The move comes amid a renewed national debate over whether the federal government should pay reparations to the descendants of former slaves.

This summer the House of Representatives held a hearing on a bill which would establish a commission to study how a restitution programme would work, and several Democratic presidential candidates have indicated their support for the idea.

However polling suggests the majority of the American public opposes monetary reparations, while President Donald Trump and other senior Republicans have publicly criticised the idea.

Robin Simmons, the alderman who proposed the reparations bill, said the hope was to “implement funding to directly invest in black Evanston”.

Ms Simmons said the source of the reparations fund was fitting, given the federal government’s “war on drugs” campaign disproportionately affected African Americans for several decades.

African Americans accounted for 71 per cent of all those arrested for marijuana possession in Evanston during the past three years – a trend which mirrors the national picture.

Ms Simmons added that the reparations plan would also help African Americans who have been priced out of the city by high property taxes and racially biased.

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7 Replies to “Illinois to Pay Reparations to African Americans”

  1. GabT

    Repatriation of the land, not reparations. The invasion of America by the Europeans must be acknowledged. The pillaging and murdering of the Aboriginals/Indigenous of America must be acknowledged. The fact that beautiful cities were destroyed must be acknowledged. The fact that the culture and language was stripped from the real Americans must be acknowledged, not just in Illinois but in every state of America.

    The 1828 Webster dictionary defines (truthfully) American: A native of America; originally applied to the aboriginals, or copper-colored races, found here by the Europeans; but now applied to the descendants of Europeans born in America.

    No amount of money will ever be enough to repair how many Europeans (and others) lived off the backs of the indigenous people of this land. It did not have to be this way….everyone could have lived together as one. We are One with the All there is!

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    1. Lily

      Shut the hell up with anti white bs! I have enough of you! They were raping, murdering, enslaving, genociding eachothers long before Europeans came to America!!! So STFU with your anti White slander. If they could they would do to Europeans the same, but just weren’t as capable, so they did it only to their own. You are confusing their inability to fight Europeans as being more noble. Get your head out of your ass. As for africans they were practicing slavery long before Europeans started and they continue to this they as every other race except White! Africans sold their own to jews, and jews transported them to N. and S. America..And were also the main slave owners. Europeans are not sorry and we have nothing to apologize for!! NOT SORRY!

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      1. GabT

        Hmmmm, lol, and wow. Happy Sunday to you. You were probably the first in the church and the last to leave. Oh you think you are European? It is convenient to believe the historical narrative but alas it has been told in reverse. Maybe you should research to find out that caucasians are the ones from Africa and not the continent, since North Africa was just a state in the continent of the now Africa. Fortunately for us all the earth experiment is over and everything about the worlds history will be revealed to everyone. We will all be judged as to our character. Meditation and stillness will connect you with the Creator and your true self (your soul) because we know everyone is not human. Indigenous people were/are all over the world. We were the first and will be the last. Connect to your inner self and join us.

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        1. Lily

          Right that bullshit about Europeans coming from afica, I keep forgetting ppl still believe that. Right, everyone is indigenous except Europeans, sure honey. When you need to look 5000 years in the past to find something to be proud of, inferiority complex is strong with you, you might want to take up your own advice and meditate on that a bit… and no we are not the same or equal, Creator animates us all but I’m not retarded to believe in equality. Some create highly funcional societies others are killing eachothers with machetas… Don’t worry about my connection with the Creator. You are soo funny. Telling me to meditate while you keep projecting your limiting beliefs. We are all one, except when White people need to atone for something, at that moment you have no problem differentiate etween races, at that moment you know clearly we are not the same. Hahah unbelieveble your pretense about being so spiritual. You are so delusional. And when you give ”thanks” don’t forget to thank White men to enable you to spew anti White hatred on phone they created, electricity, running water… well everything

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          1. Lily

            Funny part is you didn’t even address anything I said in the first comment, I see cognitive dissonance is strong with you

        2. Ashlee

          @GabT again you may need to research. They found skulls they through were the oldest to date and it showed the people came from Pangaea which Africa was a very small area within Pangaea along with many European countries. This led everyone to believe we all came from Africa. In 2018 an even older skull was found in Europe so they now believe the inbreeding of many areas in Pangaea resulted in Europe being the birthplace of White people not Africa itself. They are still researching and no conclusive decision has been made just speculations.

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    2. Ashlee

      Hey GabT lets be fair here. Before the Blacks were brought here Chinese, Irish, Scottish, Welsh among others were slaves and cost more then a Black slave. So when are the people who built this country up going to be “paid” for their labor and deaths? While the Black slaves lived on plantations the others lived on streets, half-way houses, etc. So to pay one group and not the others who are the reason your here in the 1st place is downright racist/bigoted/one sided and so Democrat/Liberal driven BS!

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