I Grew Up in a Rich, White Area Filled with Crime

Oh, there was an occasional suspension at the high school. Sometimes a student would have to stay after school. For the really egregious stuff, they were sent to the very expensive nearby private reform school (current tuition for the local reform school is $31,000 a year, paid by the parents).

Compare that to policing of predominantly Black areas. In these areas, there is over-policing. Sometimes this is referred to as “broken-windows” policing. The idea is that the police should patrol more in areas that show signs of deterioration under the assumption that this will reduce crime (spoiler alert, it doesn’t). What actually happens is the police look to find things to charge people with.

Consider this. Loitering was invented to punish people who were somewhere “with no apparent cause.” Jaywalking, acting nervous, touching your waistband, “disorderly conduct,” spitting, drinking in public, selling loose cigarettes were all invented to over-control certain areas. Some “crime” was invented to target people in predominantly Black areas.

Breaking these laws results in arrests and fines. Municipalities and private prison corporations make enormous revenues off of these crimes. And who are they making the most money off of? Minorities. So police aren’t going into white areas and making their revenue off of white people.

Author: pdeedixon

Woman. Mother. Lawyer. Black. RaceWoman. Womanist. Feminist. LBGTQQPIA ally. divorced

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