In Michigan, the pee-and-poop party has got the official green signal from the liberal administration of Kalamazoo as it has decriminalized urination and defecation in public.
On Monday (July 18, 2022), the city commission of Kalamazoo voted to decriminalize both urination and defecation in public. By the new law, people who engage in either act won’t face a misdemeanor charge anymore but just civil infraction, which is a non-criminal violation of a rule.
So why this dive into stinky business on the streets? According to news sources, Kalamazoo’s Democrat mayor David Anderson says the “effort” is part of changing ordinances for equity. It was not explained by the mayor’s office how encouraging people to relieve their bowels on the streets offers equity—fairness, and justice. If anything, it is quite the opposite of equity: unfair to the businesses in the city, the residents, and to any tourists or visitors.
Mayor Anderson also has another justification for decriminalizing urination and defecation in public – sparing police the work it takes to arrest violators of the law. Michigan Live cited Anderson:
Kalamazoo Mayor David Anderson said he hopes the change will allow police to better use their time related to these issues.
The question remains whether dirtying the streets is too insignificant an issue to be punished as a crime. Given the negative impact it can bring to the businesses and the city’s reputation as well as causing possible public health concerns, the answer certainly is no. Sanitation, health, and economy go hand-in-hand. A dirty city is a turn-off for tourism and businesses.
The New York Post on July 22 reported that business owners in Kalamazoo are furious after the city’s “equitable changes” that decriminalized public urination and defecation. Becky Bil and Cherri Emery, both business owners in the city, recounted some horror stories of urine and feces on the streets and questioned why the city’s new public restroom built with $100,000 often remains locked.
Instead of hiring more police officers to enforce the law against littering streets with human excreta, or building more public restrooms to let homeless people or vagrants use them, the Kalamazoo administration went the other way: do nothing and tell people it’s not a big deal.
The Wall Street Journal pointed to the issue of the “defecation crisis” in California’s big cities (San Francisco and L.A.) in 2019. The recent case of Kalamazoo seems to add to the feeling that liberals don’t care about squalor and have no regard for public health or comfort.
By actively facilitating people to dirty the streets, liberalism in these blue areas is showing why it not only sucks but literally stinks.