The first step of any discrimination is defining and codifying a trait into law that makes one group of citizens different from everyone else.
The 14th Amendment, passed in 1868 after the Civil War, reads:
Title 1. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
It’s very clear that Newark City Council has not understood this amendment for quite some time.
Newark Bill 99-10, passed on 5/24/1999, literally plucks a specific group of citizens out, defines their difference from the rest of the community based on their position in life, and then tells them EXACTLY where they CANNOT live.
The irony is incredible. This group of citizens who have been profiled this way should be embraced by a community and raised into being leaders of our future. Not so, in Newark:
Put yourself in the shoes of a voting-aged adult, moving away from home for the first time, being told they are NOT ALLOWED to live on certain streets.