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Rasheed, Muhammad. "Beware the 'Five-Dollar ADOS.'" Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 27 Aug 2019. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.
Patrick Dieter - What are some classic grift, cons, or scams? How do they work?
Muhammad Rasheed - The most successful classic grift schemes involve fundamental aspects of the United States’ traditions of systemic racism. All of them are long-cons requiring multiple players, partnership with the U.S. government and entire ethnic groups as the marks.
"A long con is a scam that unfolds over several days or weeks and involves a team of swindlers, as well as props, sets, extras, costumes, and scripted lines. It aims to rob the victim of huge sums of money or valuable things, often by getting him or her to empty out banking accounts and borrow from family members." ~Amy Reading; The Mark Inside: A Perfect Swindle, a Cunning Revenge, and a Small History of the Big Con
The Dawes Rolls
This grift involved the U.S. government swindling the native tribes into giving up their land. When they naively agreed, white people set themselves up as the administrators and allowed their family and friends to pay $5 to be officially registered as Native Americans so they could secure free land and monetary stipends for their own descendants.
The Southern Homestead Act of 1866
This was an initiative designed to give the newly-freed Black people discounted land as a form of reparatory justice. Like the Dawes Rolls scam, the grift involved white people setting themselves up as the administrators so that they could ensure that mostly other white people received the benefits intended for the Black freedmen, while they insisted the Black people who applied jump impossible unfair hurdles they usually couldn’t meet (see: voter suppression). The Act is formally considered a failure on the books due to the resources not reaching the intended recipients.
No New Tricks
As the impressive anti-racism activist duo Yvette Carnell and Antonio Moore successfully get the 2020 presidential candidates to discuss the Reparations Black Political Agenda bullet on the national stage, they have pushed the label American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS) as a more accurate name for the ethnic group, aligned to lineage and heritage. Conspicuously, while pretending to be subject matter experts on ADOS, we find several white people online giving lengthy explanations of what ADOS is all about while using the deceptively different “American Descendants of Slaves.” The distinction is deliberate as the knock-off brand of the American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS) because they are preparing their grift-swindle beforehand just in case the U.S. government really does pay out Reparations. They have already admitted (because they talk too much in typical villain monologuing) that their knock-off brand ‘American Descendants of Slaves’ means “whites who could prove they had slave ancestors somewhere in the world.”
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MEDIUM: Scanned pen & ink cartoon drawing w/Adobe Photoshop color.
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