You just reminded me of how politicians somehow evade all responsibility when we have these convos. If you make incredibly draconian laws for petty theft and nonviolent drug use, police have to enforce those laws. At some level I feel like every city politician is catering to the subconscious fears of their bourgeois gentry class over the most vulnerable citizens. Petty theft is usually the worst thing that can happen if you’re white and upper middle class. If you’re a Black teenager and living in the hood, suffice to say that theft is not the worst thing that can happen to you.

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