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Curfews Should Be Repealed

In Youth Rights on March 23, 2014 by edwinforyouthrights Tagged:

Typed by Edwin Bonilla

Ageist oppression against young people comes in many forms and it’s unfortunately, it’s ubiquitous. There are too many ageist legislators who introduce bills for which to oppress young people such as unreasonable smoking ages and bills which peg the minimum age to enter music venues to the ageist drinking age. In Evansville, Illinois, the town’s police chief has introduced a terrible curfew. All curfews based on age should be repealed. In that town, girls and boys who are 17 or under can’t be outside without a parent starting at 8pm. In June, July and August, 8-8:29 pm is not night in parts of the United States. The youth rights movement shouldn’t forget about that town’s curfew because it’s one of the hardest curfews I have heard of. Curfews should be repealed because they are designed to inhibit the movement of girls and boys during a time of day during which many events are held. In addition, curfews are a precedent for age discrimination against young people. Girls and boys who accept curfews think that it’s alright for there to be ageist laws against young people. They believe that laws such as the drinking age are alright. Curfews are also an indirect strategy in which some girls and boys will approve of ageist laws.

The police chief of Evansville introduced that curfew because of people who vandalized. He doesn’t have proof that the people who vandalized were in the 13-17 age range. In this culture, this type of attitude against young people is common. In addition, young people are viewed as scapegoats and ageist legislators take away the rights of young people at usually every chance. Curfews are not a legitimate strategy to reduce crime rates. When it comes to youth rights, there’s a lot of work to do. Young people who are responsible deserve new rights and rights which they should have had in the first place. The National Youth Rights Association has been fighting against curfews since the 1990s. Curfews should be challenged and not supported. Legislators who believe in civil rights and civil liberties often don’t believe in youth rights. When going to vote, youth rights supporters such as me want to know how much a candidate might sacrifice against youth rights. Repealing curfews are a step for youth rights. Holding girls and boys accountable for wrongdoing is important. If a curfew is repealed, police officers can be assertive but not suppressive when watching groups of girls and boys.

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