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Thoughts on Jordan's Tactics
updated: May 03, 2014, 7:22 PM
By Kathy Swift
In his op-ed, "Thoughts On A Gang Injunction," Mike Jordan states that opponents of the injunction
believe it "will… serve to negatively affect efforts targeting those who are not in a gang." He goes on to
insist that this is a misrepresentation of the truth, a common strategy among opponents of the
injunction since they are "manufacturing a debate" in order to "nurture doubt and ignorance" in the
public. Yet it should be pointed out that Mike Jordan is guilty of the selfsame tactic.
For example, Jordan reconfigures the arguments of opponents raising concerns about the priorities
revealed in favoring police enforcement over educational programs through his insistence that they
therefore believe that the injunction "cannot co-exist with efforts and resources to keep people from
joining gangs." Jordan's practice of putting words into the mouths of the opponents of the injunction
"is not simply a happenstance strategy" but part of a larger ploy towards dismissing their objections as
nothing more than the vocalizations of a manipulative minority.
Despite Jordan's beliefs to the contrary, Latinos who are not gang members will also be negatively
affected by the gang injunction due to the fact that the measure declares that the Eastside and the
Westside of Santa Barbara are "unincorporated entities" subject to civil laws of association. That is to
say, city officials view the geographical locale of these predominately Latino neighborhoods as suspect
in and of themselves. Consequently, the gang injunction includes everyone living in these areas.
The proposed "safety zones" will see the division of the city into districts of soft-core martial law that
will only encourage a heavy-handed police presence in these working-class neighborhoods. In a
technique known as "draining the swamp" the U.S. military targets and controls an undesirable
population through a brutal campaign of divide and conquer. "Draining the swamp" features the
enforcement of laws that interfere with the normal interactions of people in a community thereby
fomenting social frictions that result in the fracturing of personal bonds and relationships. It pits family
members, friends and neighbors against one another with the ultimate goal to destabilize the
community and force the eventual dispersal of people from the area.
While the pursuit of profits benefits the short-terms investors in the city's gentrification industry, its
long-term result will be the destruction of the community of Santa Barbara.
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