by The Miami News Times’ Jessica Lipscomb
December 20, 2016
But the year isn’t over yet, and neither are the awful ideas. This past Sunday, the Miami Herald published a skepticism-free story proposing something called a “civility court,” in which regular people could be forced to answer for their “bad,” but not criminal, behavior in front of a judge. Even worse, the person pitching the idea is a licensed Florida attorney and the chief strategy adviser to Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado.
At an editorial board meeting where Mikki Canton pitched her idea, others mentioned the viral video of a white man berating a black barista at a Coral Gables Starbucks as an example of someone who might be sent to such a civility court. The man yelled that he had voted for Trump and claimed “anti-white discrimination.”
“Sometimes what you do doesn’t rise to the level of breaking the law, but it sure does break civility rules,” Canton said. “If I were the judge I’d say, ‘What was it’ and ‘Where did he commit this offense that didn’t rise to the level of breaking the law,’ and I would put him out there and make him be the spokesperson and make him work some community hours.”
Do we really need to spell out why this is a godawful plan? First of all, this is Miami — 95 percent of the population would be in the civility gulag if yelling and swearing were punishable offenses. [READ MORE]