NYC’s city council appears poised to institute a set of bills that would ostensibly decriminalize minor offenses such as excessive noise, marijuana possession, public intoxication and public urination, reported The Daily Caller:
If passed, the new laws would encourage police not to arrest sidewalk tinklers and violators of the other laws. Instead, cops would usually give out civil summonses. Recipients would then be ordered to appear in a court managed by New York City’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings.
This sounds pretty reasonable to me, especially given that NYC’s court system happens to be clogged with minor violators. I got no real beef with it, so long as the violators still get punished in some way or form.
That said, I found something said by Melissa Mark-Viverito, a Democrat city council member, to be quite amusing.
“We know that the system has been really rigged against communities of color in particular,” she commented to The New York Times. “So the question has always been, what can we do in this job to minimize unnecessary interaction with the criminal justice system, so that these young people can really fulfill their potential?”
First of all, why does she assume that this set of bills would primarily affect “communities of color?” Do black people in general suffer from a problem holding in their urine? Is this the reason R&B singer R Kelly became famous and subsequently got ridiculed for allegedly peeing on little girls?
Honestly, it seems racist to assume this set of bills would chiefly affect blacks. Moreover, if these sorts of problems do affect young black men so much, the notion of which I find dubious, perhaps Mark-Viverito should teach them to stop peeing everywhere like a bunch of rabid dogs!
Please also tell them to stop drinking in public, smoking marijuana and making so much darn noise!
My point is that Democrats such as Miss Mark-Viverito ought to think before they speak, because the sorts of comments they frequently make about black people make it sound as if every single stereotype about black folks — and I wasn’t even aware of the peeing one — is actually true!