The City Council of Columbia, South Carolina has put their fears into writing. Unanimously, they also codified their fears in law. Businesses are encouraged to report perpetrators.
have some respect for their explicit bigotry. It will be interesting to
see if their attempt will stand in court. Surely other cities are
watching, waiting to see what happens (similar to the wait to see how
eminent domain plays out in Richmond, California), preparing similar
efforts (ask TBSC).
What did Columbia, South Carolina make
illegal? Being downtown. Yeah, that is it, just being downtown. If
accused, and refusing to go to the holding area, jail is the solution.
Once at the holding area, permission is required to leave, and returning
downtown is not allowed. Their police chief seems troubled, possibly
because he might be the fall guy, should the effort run into legal
Illegal to be downtown, you ask? Why??? All it takes
it being the 'wrong race'. No, just kidding. All it takes is being
the 'wrong religion'. No, just kidding. All it takes is being the
'wrong gender'. No, just kidding. All it takes is being the 'wrong
sexual preference'. No, just kidding. All it takes is being the 'wrong
political party'. No, just kidding. All it takes it being homeless.