Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Bourbon Street - a Tap-Free Zone

OK, the whole Iraq beheading this still has me a bit freaked out, but the Wisdom goes on ...

A New Orleans woman has been banned from the French Quarter for one year for letting her kids tap dance for money on Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras.

Apparently, it's now considered "contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile" to allow youngsters to tap dance on the street and get paid for it. The kids made about $150 in a couple of hours.

This family, no doubt, is black. And uptown on that same day there were no doubt plenty of white parents letting their underage kids drink along St. Charles. I wonder how many of them were arrested for "contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile"?

My favorite part of this story, however, is the quote from Judge Raymond Bigelow in handing down the sentence:
"You can't have young people out there. It is dangerous. People will jack them."

"Jack them"? I hear the judge then called the mother "whack".


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