To limit this to Starbucks is to ignore the larger issue,<br><br>”These laws criminalized being idle, poor, immoral and dissolute, wandering about with no apparent purpose, being a habitual loafer or disorderly person and more. Where most American laws required people to do something criminal before they could be arrested, vagrancy laws made it criminal simply to be a certain type of person”<br><br>Yeah, black.<br><br>”Police used these laws to keep a vast array of people in certain places and out of others, to deny their freedom and to exclude them from political power, social life and cultural acceptance.”<br><br>Used? As if this is not still happening today…

To limit this to Starbucks is to ignore the larger issue,

"These laws criminalized being idle, poor, immoral and dissolute, wandering about with no apparent purpose, being a habitual loafer or disorderly person and more. Where most American laws required people to do something criminal before they could be arrested, vagrancy laws made it criminal simply to be a certain type of person"

Yeah, black.

"Police used these laws to keep a vast array of people in certain places and out of others, to deny their freedom and to exclude them from political power, social life and cultural acceptance."

Used? As if this is not still happening today...

Starbucks, LA Fitness and the long, racist history of America’s loitering laws

For hundreds of years, certain laws have given police the leeway to criminalize being poor, dissolute, a habitual loafer or simply being black and seeming out of place.
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