San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has revamped the official language used to refer to people who have been convicted of crimes and served time, the SF Chronicle reports.
The new guidelines emphasize “person first,” meaning they’re trying to remove some of the more dehumanizing descriptions of the people passing through the criminal justice system. For example, a juvenile “delinquent” will be referred to as a “young person with justice system involvement,” or a “young person impacted by the juvenile justice system.” Seems like a better way to refer to child to me!
Supervisor Matt Haney told reporters, “We don’t want people to be forever labeled for the worst things that they have done.”
That’s a serious problem for the people at Fox News because labeling other people is the only thing that makes them feel good about themselves.
On Fox show Outnumbered, in which one man speaks with four women on a topic (blech), guest David Avella came to pick a bone with the plan to call drug addicts or substance abusers people “with a history of substance use.” Probably because he doesn’t understand it.
fox news is very worried about homeless people laying "in the street having just shot up with marijuana"— Caleb Ecarma (@calebecarma) August 22, 2019
people forget that weed is always done intravenously pic.twitter.com/RE9Ag9iLPe
Avella is a chairman of GOPAC, a business that trains Republican candidates to run for office. He seems to hate the idea of someone who uses drugs being treated with dignity, and would prefer police were hitting them with sticks, or something. It turns out he has no idea what he’s talking about. Surprise.
“The focus ought to be on a society that follows the law, not allowing people to defecate in the streets,” he said. “Not allowing individuals to lay on the street having just shot up with marijuana—”
A co-host interjected the word “heroin” and he course-corrected, continuing to say, “Heroin, and having a needle sticking out of them. We ought to be focused on solving crimes.”
What does he think that needle is filled with?
Usually, when people show such a remarkable lack of compassion for others, I think there’s something deeply wrong with them emotionally and mentally. Avella also seems to have gotten all his information about drugs from panicked public service announcements produced in the 1950s.