Re “What were they thinking?” (feature, CN&R, Dec. 3, 2021):
If the city of Oroville wants to secede from the union, let them go. This means, however:
United States currency is not longer valid inside the city limits. Armored trucks should be sent to clean out all U.S. currency now held within the city. Oroville must issue its own currency, which would have to be exchanged for U.S. currency in order to do business outside the city at a rate of exchange agreed to with the U.S. Department of Commerce.
U.S. postal services are to be ended inside the territory. They must set up their own postal system.
All resident of the city of Oroville are no longer citizens of the United States. The city must issue passports to citizens for travel outside its territory. All are subject to foreign national status in the U.S.
All Social Security, Medicare and other federal programs are suspended for the citizens of Oroville, forthwith.
Driving privileges of U.S. citizens are suspended for the citizens of Oroville.
Citizens of Oroville no longer have the rights granted by the U.S. constitution for legal proceedings, bearing arms, freedom of speech, habeas corpus, etc.
Citizens of Oroville attending colleges outside of Oroville must register as foreign students with a visa. All U.S. loan or scholarship agreements are no longer valid.
City of Oroville is no longer granted the right to USDA food or drug inspections.
All U.S. products (including gasoline) are subject to tariff.
Inequity and Big Tobacco
As people become more aware of the need for social justice, it is important to know that there has been a deadly industry targeting minorities for decades.
The tobacco industry preys on the African-American community by doing things like placing up to 10 times more ads for tobacco products in some Black neighborhoods. There was even a time when they went to predominantly Black neighborhoods and handed out samples of menthol cigarettes to children as young as 9. While samples are no longer being distributed, menthol cigarettes and cigarillos are cheaper in Black, rural and low-income neighborhoods. Cheaper prices and the ability to buy single cigarillos make these items easier for people, including teens, to purchase.
We can work as a community to bring about equity and social justice. Together we can push back against the tobacco industry by putting strong policies in place that protect all our local communities.
Editor’s note: The author is project coordinator for the African-American Family and Cultural Center.
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