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From The Telegraph:
Alderman Robin Rue Simmons said it was a “radical” step “to preserve the black population”
Rozina Sabur, Washington
3 DECEMBER 2019 • 2:41PM
A 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.
They aren’t quite following the genius of my proposal, which is to make the reparations not in the form of cash but in the form of a monopoly on marijuana retailing. The idea is for African Americans to run, haphazardly, the weed dispensaries, so that far less marijuana gets sold than if some random foreign middleman minority (e.g., enterprising Ismailis from Yemen) moves to Evanston to dominate the weed trade the way that, say, Koreans have shoved blacks out of the black hair care product retailing business, much less have Costco sell kilos of Coppola brand marijuana for $79.99.
Evanston, by the way, has the fifth-biggest white-black test score gap of any school district in America. It has a sizable black middle class community, although they tend to send their kids to private schools to keep them away from the scions of Evanston’s micro-slum, which in the 1990s consisted of about 4 square blocks of ‘hood incongruously stuck among the North Shore mansions.