Why the link between legalizing and racial equity? If these states simply arrested the same proportion of whites as blacks, that would also be equity. The I’m proud mother in law of a freaking awesome daughter in law yes she bought me this shirt with anecdotal evidence is that it cannot be measure, compared, or even be shown to be accurate. That is why it is not used in science. Your attempt to claim that your experience, as you saw it, represents reality across the country is not only ignorant, it is racist. Only Democrats and the ACLU can make anything and everything about racism. Anyone with any common sense can see who the real racist is in this country. The people that have always put money in their pocket from it. When the Republicans took their slaves away, they had to find another way to exploit them. Ok, I think those in charge of jails and penitentiaries need to do what they can to protect inmates, and I thank the ACLU for the work they do, but there is no way I’m going to ask the government to reduce arrests! How about people committing fewer crimes! If people want to stay safe and not be put into an overcrowded place stay home and don’t commit crimes! The beauty of our representative democracy is that we have the laws that “we” as a collective society deem necessary. No one is put in jail for petty BS. They get put in jail for committing a crime. A crime is doing something that society deems not good for itself. Laws are passed by elected officials and enforced by elected officials. If the people think the laws are too harsh, we have the power to vote for different politicians who will repeal them. If the laws are enforced in an unjust manner we have the power to vote for a more just District Attorney. My comment was not an endorsement nor an indictment of our laws. ACLU is asking folks for a course of action and I was simply saying I will not follow that action, even though I have endorsed and signed many other petitions. If you or anyone else feels different, you are free to act differently. The beauty of a collective is that on average, it all tends to reach a balance. Enjoy your freedom to express your opinion and act as you wish, I will do the same 🙂 Peace.