This episode of “Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Any Sillier”…
“Racist” traffic signals. That’s right, racism traffic cameras.
“Guess what’s racist now? Everything is racist. However, what’s the latest thing that is? Traffic cameras.”
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As reported by super-left ProPublica, a recent study found that traffic cameras in Chicago “disproportionately” ticket Black and Latino drivers. There is one problem. Even worse: “Racist,” or not, not only do Chicago city officials plan to stick with the ticketing system; other cities are likely to adopt them as well.
Lori Lightfoot, Chicago’s Mayor, in 2020, was not dissimilar from a blind squirrel searching for an acorn. ticketing traffic cameras as “about making sure that our communities are safe.”
About making communities safe or not, ProPublica instead focused on the “hundreds of cameras that dot the city,” generating “tens of millions of dollars a year for City Hall” that have “come at a steep cost for motorists” in the Windy City’s Black and Latino neighborhoods.
ProPublica Analysing millions of citations showed that ticket rates for households within majority Black ZIP codes and Hispanic ZIP Codes were nearly twice those of white homes between 2015 and 2019..
Take a look at the following sentence. Not to be confused with, which is cameras were placed in Black and Hispanic ZIP codes at twice the number of those placed in “white ZIP codes,” nor did it suggest that traffic cameras in “Black ZIP code” ticket Black drivers over any different set of infractions than white drivers.
These are the consequences Black neighborhoods are particularly affectedThe penalties imposed upon these entities have exceeded half a million dollars over the course of 15 years. contributing to thousands of vehicle impoundments, driver’s license suspensions and bankruptcies, according to ProPublica’s analysis.
Olatunji Oboi Reed has been a Chicago-based activist for transportation equity and who received many camera tickets in the past. ProPublica said that just one ticket can make all the difference in Chicago’s Black community.
We felt the brunt of it the way white people didn’t. Fortunately, I’ve always been in a situation where I can survive financially, unlike many Black and brown people in the city; one ticket is throwing their whole finances in a hurricane.
ProPublica claims that the Pandemic increased ticketing disparities among Blacks. This is because Black workers were less likely to be able to work remotely and have had to get into their cars more frequently. ProPublica stated that the ticketing rate of Black households increased to three times higher than for white households. There was a slight increase in ticketing rates for households living in ZIP codes that are majority-Hispanic, however it was smaller.
While some cities have eliminated the camera systems in recent years, support for the systems began gaining steam in others in the wake of George Floyd riots — “peaceful protests” — or, as ProPublica called the riots, “the nation’s racial reckoning.”
Call it what you will: Untold numbers of businesses and innocent people’s lives were destroyed by the mayhem and violence, night after night, week after week, month after month — regardless of skin color.
Here’s the final:
Chicago city officials told ProPublica they are attempting to “mitigate the financial harm” caused by camera tickets. (No — caused by drivers and jaywalkers breaking the law). They pointed to a pilot program that halves the costs of fines and allows for some debt forgivenessFor low-income people
“Almost” like cashless bail. Makes perfect “sense” in both cases.
You don’t have to change your behavior or pay any consequences.
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