Reparations

In 1862/1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves in the rebellious/Confederate states.  He did this as part of his emergency/war powers as Commander in Chief of America's armed forces.  The incentive was for the emancipated Africans to fight on behalf of the United States against the Confederates.  This war strategy was successful in keeping the United States united.  Consequently, President Lincoln and Union General William Tecumseh Sherman, through Special Field Order 15, promised 40 acres and a mule to the freedmen, along with promising passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. 

President Abraham Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865 and succumbed to his injuries on April 15, 1865.  He was shot by a Confederate conspiracy, the most notably participant being John Wilkes Booth.  When Vice President Andrew Johnson assumed the Presidency in Lincoln's stead, Johnson reneged on Lincoln's promise to blacks who helped saved the United States.  

Fast forward 150+ years: I am one of the millions of descendants of the freed Africans who still want freedom and reparations. I propose that the United States has enough land, not reserved for the military and not reserved for the indigenous (otherwise known as Indian reservations), that the United States Federal Government can pay each of the approximately 45 million descendants of freed African at least 14 acres per person.  (Much of this federal land consists of national parks.)  The State and municipal governments can pitch in more land.  However, to make up for the shortfall in the 40 acres, and to make up for the mule, the United States can do more in terms of individual payments:

I differ from my opponents, incumbent Democratic Senator Gary Peters and his Republican challenger, John James, because I favor the current reparations legislation, H.R. 40 and S. 1083.  However, I propose 3M-H to make up for the mule and the promised land balance of 26 acres: Melanin, mushrooms, marijuana, and hemp.  I propose that melanin be used for clean energy and its many other uses.  A federal tax can then be imposed with the designated purpose of distributing proceeds to the descendants of enslaved/freed Africans in the United States, (i.e., individual reparations payments).  Psilocybin, known in Africa as magic mushrooms, could be legalized for spiritual and medical purposes and taxed for the purpose of providing individual reparations payments.  Marijuana can be legalized nationwide and taxed to provide individual reparations.  Hemp, which is already legal, can also be taxed to provide individual reparations payments.  Indeed, the some of the land provided to the descendants of enslaved/freed Africans can be used to grow psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana, and hemp.  The United States would provide direct individual payments for seed money and equipment.  The natural hair of the descendants of enslaved/freed Africans can be used to provide melanin instead of the melanin ink from marine creatures.  

Such a reparations strategy is a win-win.  It's doable and affordable for the United States while still being profitable enough to right the wrongs against the people of African descent in the United States.  When coupled with re-proposing and passing the new 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, then this strategy serves to truly unite the United States while providing a sustainable future of clean energy, racial reconciliation, and peace on the Planet Earth.

 

U.S. Federal LandMelanin chemical structure

AKA Magic Mushrooms

 

   


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