Civil rights of the undocumented debated: I think there is a poor conflation here that both the author and the Department of Justice are making when arguing this bill ["Freedom Under Fire," Michael Lacey, feature, 6/6]. If a person gets caught here illegally he should probably expect to be deported. Maybe the individual deserves some amnesty, depending on his family and work status, but that shouldn't be the focus of the argument. This is a civil rights problem for citizens who are not white. They are being unjustly harassed by these methods — the same methods that killed two Arab boys in France a few years ago and set off riots all over the country. Focus attention on that aspect and the writer will have the high ground, but don't mix this up with the rights of the undocumented.
Show Us Your Papers
ID requirement for voting does not equal racism: It is fairly easy to get a legal photo ID — California issues them just like a driver's license ["Jim Crow returns: New State Laws Could Take Obama Out This Fall," Chuck Strouse, News, 6/6]. Just because some people choose not to get them does not make photo ID requirements for voting racist. It does, however, greatly reduce illegal voting and voter registration. No ID requirements for voter registration, as well as same-day voting registration, opens the doors to voting abuses.
Escaping Pit Bull Problems
Tips for avoiding a dog attack disregards certain members of society: The comments from the two city staff members in the article indicate a social isolation from, and bias against, vulnerable peoples, as is so often the case in this "liberal" city ["A Thumb Up for Pit Bulls," Albert Samaha, Sucka Free City, 6/6]. How many people using walkers, crutches, or wheelchairs can "jump onto a car" or pull off a tree branch? Same question goes for 6 year-old kids. How many people have a cellphone readily available, especially while looking for a tree branch to break off or a car to jump on? Similarly, how many of these same vulnerable people can easily run away from the so-called "underdog" pit bull? Regrettably, these city staff members are universalizing values and advice from their experience, without realizing they are making safety suggestions that can and will harm vulnerable people while also minimizing broader policy formation.
Blog Comments of the Week
What goes up must come down: Maybe I'm less cynical — don't these things come in waves ["When Pork Belly Replaces the Punk Club: Fears About the Future of Music in Affluent S.F." Ian S. Port, All Shook Down, 6/6]? Look at a storied city like Paris: it's gone through eras of extreme affluence, eras of massive oppression or disease, and everything in between. While S.F. should probably continue to build rich people sky-rise boxes, it seems like a lot of this is simply a wave: a blip in the city's storied history that's being written. A major earthquake, economic collapse, breakdown of government, war — there's plenty left to completely alter this scene. That's exactly what makes a metropolitan city so enticing. This too will change.
Better to let go of the phone: Luckily for this woman, she was able to catch up with the thief and get her phone back ["Badass Woman Wears Down Robber in Foot Chase, Pays to Get Her Phone Back," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 6/4]. Generally, though, I'm not sure a cellphone is worth the risk of one's safety. Especially if the person robbed is dealing with someone who has no respect for other people.
In the June 6 issue, the wrong caption ran for the photo accompanying Eat's "It's Down South and Saucy." The caption should have read "Ribs and grits at Southpaw." SF Weekly regrets the error.