Poor People Catch Hell
Among the latest initiatives to celebrate the fifty years of progress in civil rights, the City Council under the leadership of Council member Jonathan Austin proposed an anti-discrimination ordinance. Both the proclamation and the proposed ordinance have been submitted to the Mayor’s office and the City Law Department. The newly proposed ordinance would call for a city-wide human rights commission to address discrimination in employment, housing, and accommodation.
Steve ran a stop sign. Deondre was drinking a beer on a friend’s porch. The police stopped Steve. The police stopped Deondre. The police told Steve it is illegal to run a stop sign. Steve said, “So what do we do now?” The police told Steve “now I give you a ticket.” The police told Deondre it is illegal to drink in public and they arrested him. Steve has a job and Steve paid his ticket. For 150 dollars, Steve’s story is over. Deondre was charged with public intoxication, a violation analogous to a traffic ticket.