Illinois Town To Fund Reparations Program With Recreational Marijuana Sales Tax

Lawmakers in a Chicago suburb have approved using sales tax revenue made from recreational marijuana purchases to establish a reparations program, the Pioneer Press reported.

“We can implement funding to directly invest in black Evanston,” said Ald. Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, who proposed the reparations bill.


An Illinois town has approved a measure to fund a local reparations program with proceeds from the purchase of recreational marijuana.

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On Monday, Evanston aldermen voted 8-1 in favor of the proposal aimed at what officials believe will improve help the city’s black community. Local leaders eye marijuana dispensaries as an attractive source of revenue to reverse what they call the ongoing impact of institutional racist and persisting effects of slavery, according to the Chicago Tribune. “The fund will be capped at $10 million, according to city of Evanston staff reports. City estimates project the marijuana tax could generate $500,000 to $750,000 per year,” the newspaper noted.

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However, Evanston officials face roadblocks in collecting adequate revenue from the plan as various suburbs have yet to approve the establishment of recreational marijuana dispensaries, despite them being scheduled to become legal in Illinois next year.

“We can implement funding to directly invest in black Evanston,” 5th Ward Alderman Robin Rue Simmons said of the measure.

The marijuana tax will be “invested in the community it unfairly policed and damaged,” Simmons added.

“This is a really special moment in the city of Evanston and also in the country,” stated Second Ward Alderman Peter Braithwaite.

The development comes as Democrats in the House and Senate have introduced resolutions to approve studies to examine reparations proposals for African Americans over slavery. More

Slavery is dead. The slavers are dead. The slave owners are dead. The slaves are dead. The children of the slaves are dead. And the roughly 700,000 men that died over the upholding and abolishing of slavery have all returned to dust. What Democrats are doing here is attempting to buy black votes using the ugliest sorts of condescension and pandering.

Just ridiculous. What if you’re half black? What if you’re black, but not a descendant of slaves? What if you’re a white descendant of white slaves? What about equal treatment under the law? What if you are white and never had an ancestor who was a slave owner? By demanding reparations, they are insisting that all white people had slaves back in the day and we are somehow guilty by association.

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