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Uzzia Banks and
The Moon Riots of Houston, Texas
In 2017, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. were reported to have a mental illness from mild to severe according to the NIMH. Of which, “serious mental illness defined as a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder resulting in serious functional impairment, which substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities” was about 4.5% of U.S. adults.
By the time of the late First Age of Humanity, the U.S. dealt with its mental illness problem that plagued not only its prisons and jails, but society.
Advance CRISPR systems were used to wipe out all genetic mental illness with a 99.9% accuracy. Society followed this up by advance A.I. to aid in the early detection of the remaining mental illness in children.
Those children discovered to have latent mental illness traits as early as two years of age were placed into government sponsored drug programs. These kids for their rest of their lives were given doses of drugs formulated for their genome to control the mental illnesses from developing. This practice continued straight through the chaos of the Great Melt, with the inclusion of the A-4 birthing androids.
The success rate for this program was about 85%. The remaining 15% where either not caught by the initial early detection or the drug program was ineffective for unknown reasons.
To make matters worse, this 15% were the worst of the mental illness spectrum. Those who had behavioral issues, were antisocial, and sometimes psychotic.
Uzzia Banks was one of the 15%. Born in London to an older couple, his parents immigrated to the U.S. to seek better treatment of his mental illness before the time of the Great Melt. Uzzia suffered from high functional autism and expressed antisocial behaviors as a child. He had chronic violent outbursts. Afterwards, he would collapse asleep where he stood.
He scored 144 on the standard IQ test and was considered “gifted”. He enjoyed playing games. Anything that required mental thought to puzzle it out. Uzzia’s unique gaming gifts attracted a group from MIT to help them teach an A.I. system how to do what he does. This would lead to a breakthrough in advance A.I. systems towards the development of the android brain by Dr. Koremori Arai in Japan.
As Uzzia aged, he learned to focus his rage into fiery rhetoric. This became useful during college in Houston, Texas, where he studied political science. Unlike many of his peers who were doing online classes, he attended a small in-person college. This is where he became entangled with a group of college Marxists associated with the local Antifa. While popular within the group, his disorder made him awkward around people. Dating was difficult for him and he failed at it.
All this caused him to turn inward into himself, only to burst outward with a fiery rage of complaints about society and people.
His outbursts landed him into trouble both with the local police and the college administration. Several times he was arrested for disturbing the peace and was eventually expelled from the college for being a disruptive student. It was around this time when both his parents died one year after each other from natural causes. As a result, he inherited a large sum of financial assets.
Still living in Houston, he set up a Social Media Net channel and held his own political commentary show. In time, the show gained followers for his offbeat Marxist views of the world. Since he was a child, he knew he had an untreatable mental illness. But his parents told him he was always special. As a result, he blended this special view with Marxism to come up with two conflict groups. Those who were the special untreatables and the normies as he called them.
On his show he would call normies mental illness bigots for their treatment of the special untreatables. And he was right. U.S. society pushed these people into the fringes. They were in prisons, mental institutions, or left to be homeless. Society did little to help these people since they were untreatable. Employers could discriminate against them in many jurisdictions. Even while attending college, there were no accommodations or help given to him. The police and law didn’t see him as special.
In his forties, he formed a local group of Marxists called the Dignity for Mental Illness, Houston Chapter. They would meet weekly at the Secret Moon Tearoom off Ferris Street to discuss recent Marxist theories and plan protests. Most of his followers were like him, in that they too were untreatable and had run ins with the law.
His small group continued to locally demonstrate, and occasionally caused property damage, hoping to seek change concerning the social treatment of those like themselves. Their demands were always met with both deaf ears and force.
The movement spread to a few other cities as the Great Melt began. Chiefly the areas around Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, and Chicago. Once again protests were met with clashes against police in full riot gear. The public had no stomach to provide special treatment to the untreatables. Many saw them as a violent threat to society, and the psychological community agreed.
Around the time of the Great Melt, when Uzzia was pushing in his early 70s, he was participating in a protest that turned into a multi-block riot in Houston. A stone hit him in the head. Many always assumed it was one of the police officers that had thrown the stone back at the crowd after they threw it at the officer. But this was never confirmed. Uzzia would die because of his injuries. The riot became known as the Moon Riots because the protest started at the Secret Moon Tearoom off Ferris Street.
With Uzzia’s death the movement lost momentum and fell apart.
In a twist, Uzzia’s work resulted in social change a few years later during the rebuilding phase after the Great Melt. With the passing of The New Public Workers and Assistance Act, it granted work guarantees even if the worker committed sexual harassment at the workplace, because the person had a genetic or psychological issue causing the problem. Criminal or civil charges couldn’t be levied against such individuals because the act saw it as retaliatory. Legal challenges associated with the act got hung up in the courts, resulting in a mixed bag of lower court decisions, and a Supreme Court unwilling to resolve the issues.
While only a simple nod to Uzzia Banks’ movement, some in the U.S. Congress were paying attention.
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Seth Underwood writes adult science fiction and political dystopian science fiction. His future political dystopian U.S. world features decades of despot presidents, a flooded world, and new para-military force known as the Ranger Marshals. He has freemium stories at www. sethunderwoodstories.com