For years the left has been finding unique ways to express their disgust for conservatives or anyone they don’t agree with. Much of this has come from calling people, places, and things “racist”. While many of them are simply unique and not thought-provoking, or really all that accurate, the latest one is hilarious.
Somehow the plight of colorblind people (ironic that this term used to mean you didn’t see race and it was a good thing) is now inherently colorblind, traffic lights. Yes, traffic lights are now considered racist according to the extreme left rag ProPublica. Citing a recent study in Chicago, these chuckleheads connected the dots and found the cameras were citing Black and Latino drivers at a disproportionate level.
Pro Publica claims “But for all of their safety benefits, the hundreds of cameras that dot the city — and generate tens of millions of dollars a year for City Hall — have come at a steep cost for motorists from the city’s Black and Latino neighborhoods. A ProPublica analysis of millions of citations found that households in majority Black and Hispanic ZIP codes received tickets at around twice the rate of those in white areas between 2015 and 2019. The consequences have been especially punishing in Black neighborhoods, which have been hit with more than half a billion dollars in penalties over the last 15 years, contributing to thousands of vehicle impoundments, driver’s license suspensions, and bankruptcies, according to ProPublica’s analysis.”
The entire article is loaded with racially charged accusations. Yet again the left loves to ride with race being the issue, and not factually stating how the cameras were set up or what the makeup of the neighborhoods with the cameras was. If they are in a concentrated Black or Latino area, it would only make mathematical sense that they would make up most of the citations. This is just statistics 101, not a foreign concept or something out of the ordinary.
Olatunji Oboi Reed has long been known as an activist for racial equality within Chicago’s transportation and has received a chunk of tickets over the years. “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.” So, by Reed’s summation, white people don’t know the struggles of being poor?
I would love to see Reed visit the remote and barren former coal towns of West Virginia. Perhaps a trip to South Boston is in order. Let’s throw in rural New York and Rochester as well. What Reed would see is that the argument about blacks being the only ones who are poor is a joke. Economic despair isn’t something exclusive to the Black or Latino communities, and anyone who thinks so is a fool.
Instead of taking off the racism glasses and looking at this from a direct point of view, the race card will continue to be dealt with. Even though this is a topic people on both sides can agree on. Nobody likes more tickets, or cameras citing you for something that oftentimes comes down to fractions of a second and is easily manipulated by adjusting the timing of the yellow to red light cycles. These revenue-generating machines have been banned and made illegal in many jurisdictions. Perhaps instead of waiving the race card, they can just complain about how unjust they are in the future. Then they’d get some support in the fight.