Proposition 20 fixes very specific flaws contained in Props 47 and 57 and AB 109, without “overturning” any of them, as the opponents claim. Nor does it target black and brown people or communities, as their ads imply.
Here’s what it DOES do. It fixes an omission in Prop. 57, which told voters that it would reduce prison overcrowding by releasing NONVIOLENT offenders from prison. However, the following crimes (among others) are currently omitted from the list of violent offenses — assault with a deadly weapon, selling a child for sex, domestic violence, rape of an unconscious person, drive-by shootings and the list goes on.
We asked California voters, and the vast majority are far more concerned about reclassifying as violent the crimes of selling a child for sex and raping an unconscious person than they are interested in the race or ethnicity of the person who committed the crime. Violence is violence — period.
On the other hand, our opponents seem to forget about the demographics of the victims of these crimes — the majority of whom are minorities, according to the Department of Justice.
In fact, violent hate crimes in the U.S. reached a 16-year high in 2018, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). Sadly, racially motivated attacks have been occurring with greater frequency since the start of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the social unrest following the tragic death of George Floyd.
Innocent young people, seniors, business owners, families, and even some of the brave healthcare workers battling on the frontlines have encountered incidents of physical violence.
Yet California law also does not currently classify hate crimes as violent crimes.
A person’s house is shot at or set on fire because they’re Asian American. NOT VIOLENT in California.
A person is violently assaulted with a baseball bat because they’re African American. NOT VIOLENT in California.
A store is bombed because its owners are Latino. NOT VIOLENT in California.”I’m a daily witness of how crime and violence … are devastating our communities, especially the underserved communities,” said Bishop Ron Allen, Chair of the International Congress for Racial Equality. “Prop. 20 will help fix this.”
How can anyone be against that? Vote Yes on Prop. 20.