I found a few interesting things buried in a Q and A reportback regarding a change to Cobb County ordinances published online. The speaker was a government official who is now an Attorney General…
“… if we wanted to follow the U.S. Constitution, [...] the cases didn’t go too far in Magistrate Court. …”
“A lot of the people wouldn’t know enough to play the law game and would move, but some of the time they knew enough to play the law game and would fight [...] so the cases would get dismissed.”
Now, read the archived document, and judge for yourself whether or not “high-crime area” is simply code-speak for “largely comprised of poor / minorities.”
Download the document here: Madison-Forums-Olens*
* This document has been archived pursuant to the 1st Amendment / press free use.
But, before you decide for yourself, let me testify: less than 18 hours after the restriction on residency was passed, police held raids throughout the trailer parks and pulled entire families out of their residences in the middle of the night with absolutely no notice whatsoever, and I found out about the raids after friends and family members lined up outside my door asking for help.
I believe that those in charge are racist and classist. It’s systemic and it’s time for change.
Get out your shopping lists for changes you want, and get political or face the consequences, because governments change only when forced to do so. Unplug those headphones, get on the word processors and email applications, and start pressing for change. Or keep suffering. It’s your choice.