(FreedomJournal.org)- A suburb of Chicago is all set to vote on Monday over whether to give $10 million to Black residents over the next decade as part of a reparations scheme.
According to Yahoo News, residents of Chicago who lived in the city between 1919 and 1969 will be eligible to receive the funds as reparations for suffering discriminatory housing practices that were enforced by local banks, governments, and other institutions.
At least the reparations will only be given to Black Americans who experienced real suffering and discrimination, and not to young Black Americans who live in the most equal society on the planet.
The plan is expected to pass, with Evanston, Illinois, to become the first city in the country to directly offer reparations. And while the current measure is designed to address historic disenfranchisement and discrimination of real individuals, it could also be the start of more extensive reparations programs that offer direct financial support to non-white Americans who have not experienced discrimination.
“This is a first step in Evanston – one that I’m really proud of,” Alderman Robin Simmons told Yahoo news. “And I hope that we have continued support.”
Simmons first presented the plan to state legislators in February 2019, and indicated that the historic move will be just the first step.
The “Restorative Housing Reparations Program” will issue the $400,000 in allotments of $25,000 for residents of the Chicago suburb. The funds must be used for mortgage assistance or home improvements. 16 Black families will be the first to participate in the program, with the rest being paid out before 2031.
And it will come at a cost to taxpayers. At least, to taxpayers who purchase marijuana products in the state.
A 3% tax on all recreational marijuana sales will be used to pay for the program.
Yahoo News asked local Black residents what they think about the plan, and it seemed to excite people over the possibility that more Black families – potentially those who didn’t experience discrimination – could soon be eligible for the free money.
Rose Cannon, a life-long resident of Evanston criticized the plan, however, saying that the money should be available for participants to spend however they please.
“I love reparations, but I do not love this version that Evanston is trying to pass as reparations,” she said. “Somewhere along the line it changed from, [city officials saying] ‘I want cash money’ to ‘We’re going to offer you this housing program.’ … It’s broken the community apart.”
It just goes to show that nobody what you do to appease the radical left, it’s never enough.
Even a free $25,000 check.