The Department of Justice confirmed yesterday what many of Ferguson’s residents have been saying, and protesting against, for months: the city racks up millions of dollars each year in fines and court fees by illegally harassing its black population. What the federal government did not say, however, is that the practice of criminalizing black people to raise money for police and court systems is not rare; local governments across the country have been doing it for years—ironically, to offset the spiraling costs of the incarceration boom of the past three decades.
It’s Not Just
Ferguson Racial Discrimination
It’s also the homeless, the mentally ill, and empoverished people of ALL races.
No argument that it’s the black community that suffers most.
But it’s everyone on the margins who are discriminated against.