Friday, July 14, 2023

I always did have a soft spot for American black descendants of original slaves brough to US from Africa - and always supported idea of promoting them via NBA/boxing etc.

Ms Rubin Rue Simmons was involved - this Chicago university degree graduate raised by single mother probably is still single. Allways was incredibly organized and clean. Kind and hardwiring lady.

Even during MK Ultra's extremelly unethical world of affairs from their community alone. Views on me fluctuated within black community with some good and some as evil as hell demanding from me to see foreigners in the same light as them which was irrational and self destructive agenda(I am against Trump, but just as every normal Hispanic or whoever individual/immigrant to US will tell you that everyone needs to pay its dues accordingly with US immigration laws to foremost protect the rights of native population) without my even having the right to do so for the cost of suffering own misfortune.

I was called out by American blacks as non native to US in the face at work and in all walks of life, but really didn't bother me. Never had problems with laws which required from one to be born in US to be entitled to whatever and have contrary to many offered even support for people as well as for such laws. 

Native black American community have due to my tolerance for what many would considered as racism tried to get ahead of me(cut infront of me) using black Dominicans, black Jamaicans, black Haitians, black Africans to gesture me the same as to what I agreed to native black community from USA, but were wrong about it as I rejected them at large even when highly supported by native American community which demanded from me through this exact procedure to bow infront of them on knees. Its exactly what Russians did in US using Pollacks, Czechs, JEWS AND FINALLY WHITE AMERICANS till also proven DEAD WRONG. This criminal trend grew next to physical torture and forced unemployment into pushing whoever arrived to USA from wherever ahead of me in every aspect of life and its what I rated JUSTLY as ULTIMATE RACISM - FINALLY A ZIOFASCISM AND FASCISM AND NAZISM.

Jordan, Johnson, and other NBA, world of boxing etc. people who had their daughters participate made me extremelly angry during MK Ultra when posing next to their white masters and in some cases even wives conditioning me my stay in US with marriages. Due to such behavior, I knew early ahead of everyone that I lost new homeland without fools understating even today with text written here per why. 

For you can't help anyone without ability to support yourself and if you do what rightfully is not yours to decide, you do sink the rest of the country with you - thats how civil wars were/are commenced in multi ethnic societies. You can't have at expense of another at least not for too long as justice will catch up with you.

If anyone in US is due to reparations and more than reparation to respect their dignity, its native Americans. Related to 

Evanston justification is 100% legitimate. I support one. The difference I would make is to give black representatives who are a real professionals more responsibility - more autonomy and assistance in running world of their affairs. With autonomy, a responsibility comes to play and no other racial group to blame...its all about meeting quota and assisting one another. Am just saying.

How reparations pioneer Evanston, Ill., is rolling out payments to Black citizens

The city started disbursing reparations payments to locals in 2022, in the form of vouchers for housing, and has since expanded them to include cash.

An older man in a baseball cap walks a small white dog past a street sign reading: Welcome City of Evanston,
The predominantly Black Fifth Ward in Evanston, Ill. The Chicago suburb is preparing to pay reparations in the form of housing grants to Black residents who experienced housing discrimination. (AP Photo/Shafkat Anowar)

As talk of reparations ripples through the federal and local governments nationwide, Evanston, Ill., has become the first city in the United States to put money in the hands of Black residents affected by years of discrimination.

“I’m excited to see that over 100 municipalities have followed in their inspiration and what's happened in Evanston. We all look forward to seeing more legislation put into law and then into practice, and then disbursed,” Robin Rue Simmons, the founder and executive director of First Repair and chairperson of the city’s reparations committee, told Yahoo News.

Simmons, a former alderwoman in Evanston, which has a 16% Black population and is located about 12 miles north of Chicago, has been a pioneer in bringing reparations to one of the Black communities affected by the aftermath of slavery in the United States.

“Most federal policy is implemented with a spark in a local community, a grassroots leader. Every other area of government we look at hyperlocally. And then it trickles up to our congressional leaders,” she said.

But Simmons recalled just having her own city in mind when she started out on the journey of repairing harm to the dwindling number of Black residents in the community.

Robin Rue Simmons poses in her living room.
Robin Rue Simmons, then an alderwoman of Evanston's Fifth Ward, in 2021 with a photograph of her mother, aunt and grandmother. (AP Photo/Shafkat Anowar)

“I'm a part of a village, the Fifth Ward of Evanston, a historically Black community, and we were losing our residents, who happened to be my neighbors, my friends and family,” Simmons said. “So the spark was the exodus of Black families, the declining homeownership rates and the widening racial gaps.”

In months of research to bring reparations to her city, Simmons soon found out there was no other local reparations initiative on which to model an approach to the problem. Evanston started from ground zero in 2019, she said, to consider best practices for repairing harm done to its Black community.

Here’s how the city is now putting cash into the hands of its Black citizens.

What are the reparations?

Simmons said Evanston used the widening race, education and wealth gaps, as well as the mass exodus of Black residents, as markers to address the economic and educational harm they had suffered. By consensus, she said, the Black community decided that housing should be an area of priority for redress.

"Our harm report also showed that housing is an area in which we were harmed and stripped away of wealth and opportunity,” Simmons explained. “So we've started with housing.”

The Restorative Housing Program was initially funded from $10 million that came from a city sales tax on recreational cannabis.

In 2022, the city’s reparations committee started giving $25,000 to about 620 applicants, in the form of vouchers toward the purchase of a home, mortgage assistance or home renovations. The benefits are also transferable to descendants. An additional $10 million was added to the reparations pot from real estate transfer taxes. This year, the committee has expanded from vouchers to include cash, overcoming some dissent from the community and taxation hurdles.

A  sign at the First Congregational Church of Evanston reads: Black Lives Matter, To God and To Us.
The First Congregational Church of Evanston, UCC. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

“The biggest challenge has been staffing IT and logistics in terms of taxation. How will certain types of benefits, namely cash, impact residents that are receiving other government-funded benefits and not strip away those very important benefits like housing and food access and health care and so on?” Simmons said. “So that took years for us to get to a place with confidence.”

Who is eligible?

Residents who are receiving reparations are described as "ancestors," defined as African American or Black individuals who were at least 18 years old and living in Evanston between 1919 and 1969, or as descendants of Evanston residents living during that time. During this period, Black residents were victims of housing discrimination as a result of early city zoning laws.

Simmons says that addressing the economic disadvantage associated with factors like redlining and overcrowding is an acknowledgment that these ordinances were harmful to the Black community and were responsible for racial segregation, as well as other disparities.

“To separate the harms to Evanston allowed us to have a very specific injury, with a very specific way to measure the harm, and therefore a very specific way to determine eligibility, which is everybody Black in Evanston that was here during that period and their descendants,” Simmons said.

Jo-Ann Cromer seated on her couch, with photos of her family on the walls in the background.
Jo-Ann Cromer, a lifelong Evanston resident who applied for reparations, in her home on in 2021. (AP Photo/Shafkat Anowar)

How are the funds being disbursed?

Residents can pick up their checks at the city’s Civic Center. Simmons has also requested that checks be hand-delivered to Evanston residents, with a thank-you note offering an opportunity for further engagement.

She said that along with the check, the reparations committee would hold a ceremonial dinner with elected and community leaders and a plaque would be given to each of the recipients as a reminder to hold their leaders accountable.

What’s next

The application process is closed now, as the committee prepares to develop a new program or extend the reparations program. Simmons said the next phase will focus on addressing the education gap.

“My hope is that although this is a 10-year commitment, that future city councils will prioritize reparations and continue the work even into perpetuity, or as long as it takes for us to address our racial gaps,” she said.

A hand-lettered Black Lives Matter sign on a piece of plywood posted close to an intersection.
A Black Lives Matter sign at the corner of Emerson Street and Dodge Avenue in Evanston in 2021. (Eileen T. Meslar/Reuters)

Simmons emphasized the need for more research and public education around understanding the public benefit of reparations and broadening the conversation to differentiate public policy and equity from reparations.

“Reparations is simply justice, justice that is overdue justice that all other communities are receiving and we are not,” she said.

“Repairing the harm in the Black community, yes, uplifts and liberates and empowers Black families, but it also repairs an entire community and creates healthy families, healthy communities, more wealth, increased tax revenue. There's a long list.”

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