Breed’s plan to shut down Tenderloin drug markets is progressive

Her commitments include shutting down the open-air drug market in the Tenderloin. Of all forms of drug dealing, open-air markets are the most harmful. Crimes like burglary, muggings, assault and vandalism also become more common around open-air drug...

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danny841
danny841
146 · 5 months ago · Reddit

However they have to frame it so we can start locking up drug dealers.

Maximillien
Maximillien
138 · 5 months ago · Reddit

It's kind of ridiculous how we need to market everything as "progressive" before doing anything to fix our problems. It's great that people want to be compassionate and work to reduce racial disparities and atone for historical oppression, but we've become so obsessed with using this as the guiding metric for policy-making that we've become basically paralyzed from doing anything meaningful. The first point sums up this conundrum the best:

"Many of the drug dealers are BIPOC, so any police action against them is racist." The Tenderloin is a low-income, majority-minority neighborhood and is enduring the costs of an open-air drug scene, including costs imposed by white drug customers from outside the neighborhood. Assigning value to the suffering of the BIPOC families in the Tenderloin isn’t racist, ignoring it is.

You couldn't have written out a better example of the virtue-signaling ouroboros that defines Bay Area politics if you tried. You can argue that enforcing the law on people of color is racist, and you can also argue that not enforcing the law, and allowing communities of color to suffer from drug-dealers running wild, is racist! So we're kinda just going in circles here — maybe we should start making decisions based on creating the most good for the most people, not just whether it fits someone's definition of "progressive" or not.

celestial_flame
celestial_flame
125 · 5 months ago · Reddit

As someone who grew up in the TL and still has family there, I am in total shock right now. I can’t believe this is finally happening.

WhatMeWorry215
WhatMeWorry215
19 · 5 months ago · Reddit

Where will it move to or alternately, if we lock up the dealers where will we put them all?

The goal of a drug free society is one thing. The logistics are another.

slowmotheromo
slowmotheromo
11 · 5 months ago · Reddit

I'll believe it when I see it, the L's has always been a drug haven. Newsom didn't do anything, Lee didn't do anything. Breed?...

ElSapio
ElSapio
9 · 5 months ago · Reddit

Oh it’s progressive, great. Not enough just to enforce the law.