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Being poor has never been a crime in this
country. I mean, I’m not rich, by no means. Economically challenged. Yeah, economically challenged. That’s all the money you got? All of it. They wrote me a seat belt ticket, and it come
out to be $41. I didn’t have no money to pay, so they put me on probation. I paid $10. I paid $50. I paid $41. $301 dollars. $171 dollars. Keeps going up and up and up. So I’m never
gonna get it paid off. If you fail to pay, a warrant will be issued
for your arrest. Hundreds of people locked up.
A thousand people every month, for simply failing to pay. It was either pay, or go to jail. Put behind bars for being poor. They sent me to jail. It’s not me refusing to pay these tickets,
because I paid them. That’s when I sat in Colombia County for twenty
days. There is an entire industry devoted to making
money off of people that can’t pay. It is essentially a debtor’s prison. The poorest communities are the best markets
for them. The New York Times quote, “There are real constitutional issues at stake.” When profit becomes the driving force, civil
rights get thrown under the bus.