Not even sure why everybody thinks convicted criminals are living off welfare, Tennessee offers no general assistance program and felons are banned from recieving food stamps, public housing, section 8 vouchers, and TANF.
Combine this with the fact that Tennessee allows discrimination based on past criminal history by employers and landlords and its really not a mystery why so many people turn to crime again after an initial fuck up...
There are no economic opportunities for a large percentage of the population, and the ever increasing police force and for-profit prison industry actually incentivizes criminalization, thus perpetually increasing the pool of people who have to turn to crime in order to survive.
This is the problem with treating crime as a symptom of bad people (or blaming a specific ethnic group), and not a symptom of economic inequality and desperation.
And no millions poured into bringing big box stores, building downtown condos for middle/upper class people, or militarizing the local police force is going to fix this trend. That the very people most affected by these policies are excluded from participating in the political system, just means the "solutions" to the crime problem will (for the foreseeable future) be centered around the personal conveniences of those who prefer temporary personal tranquility to the painstaking task of solving the broader causes of crime, causes that are compounded by mass criminalization and incarceration.
California... just the single largest contributor to the U.S. economy and most populous state, no big deal.
Great work Tennessee! At this rate you'll have legal recreational weed by 2060.
Giving police more discretion over our lives isn't "softening" anything.
And some of y'all wonder why Black Lives Matter is necessary. Its 2016 and there's people here taking about the KKK as though it was "just a civic organization".
But if Forrest didn't care about the African-Americans he mass murdered at Fort Pillow, its doubtful he had too many reservations about the KKK.
Its truly telling about the priorities of Memphis when there are multiple monuments to klansmen, slavers, racist mayors, and the confederate bosses, yet statues of those working class people from Memphis who actually fought for racial unification among all poor people (like Mother Jones, Ida B. Wells, and Thomas Watkins) are mysteriously absent.
You can talk about revisionism all you want, but this push towards preserving and monumentalizing the midsouth's legacy of racism has always come at the expense of neglecting and burying its history of racial unity. Its funny to me how all these "preservationists" who come out to defend this statue, were the same basic ass white people who fled to the new homes and box stores of the suburbs and far east Memphis during the white flight of the 80s and 90s. If it is preserving history you care about (and not preserving racist tropes), why did you abandon the historical heart of Memphis?
Speet v. Schuette... that's all I've got to say about this blatantly illegal ordinance that violates the 1st and 14th amendments of the constitution.
The 6th circuit didn't let it slide in Grand Rapids and they won't let it slide here. But hey, lets waste another million the city of Memphis doesn't have on court costs of what amounts to a bathroom bill for poor and homeless people.
Try being a fag without being such a fascist. Try more Liberace and less J Edgar Hoover.
Wanking off to Kaep
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