Good point for sure -- being poor in America, or anywhere, is difficult. Same applies to being black. But there is of course more to the story. The 3 void laws included an anti-cruising law aimed at the gay community and one other law. The primary arrest targets were African Americans and Latinos but others were wrapped up in this despicable episode as well.
Almost 30 years! They KNEW it was unconstitutional, and the police defied multiple (I think it said 4 or 5) court orders!