In recent years, we have witnessed torture inflicted upon people supposedly to protect America. Black people are supposed to be American’s but the state, kills about one black person each week. I’m not talking about the wars abroad supposedly to bring freedom, rather right here on American soil where racism was born. In nearly every city in America black people are victims of abuse at the hands of the police, vigilantes, and murdered that seems to most often go unnoticed by the justice system.
For example, there was the assassination of a young black child in Florida, Travon Martin, which was similar to little Emmett Till over a half century ago. Also, let’s not forget Oscar Grant and Jordon Davis, Michael Brown and Eric Gardner, and so many more that have fallen victim having their rights violated to the point of death.
The Klan is on the rise, and most conservative lawmakers are trying to turn back the hands of time. During this month in the year of our Lord 2015, black people still face the evils of those who are sick, like a Bull Connor, with the seemingly incurable disease of racism. The mass incarceration rate of people of color and minorities are at an unprecedented rate; only compared to the captured soul’s once held in the evil system of slavery.
The Constitution and Western jurisprudence, going back to the Magna Carta and before, do not require a person accused of a crime to prove his or her innocence. The burden of proof is on the prosecutors to convince a jury of one’s “peers” to unanimously agree on guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Not if you are black!
The odds were stacked against minorities and African Americans in particular, from the beginning. This is evident today because black men are sentenced to jail in astounding numbers with extremely long sentences compared to people of the other hue for the same crimes.
I was struck by something Hip-hop duo Dead Prez once said, “Behind me on the wall it says this place is a place of hallowed justice, it should say this is a place of hollow justice, there’s no justice. We’re right in front of the injustice department because for over 40 years we’ve seen Mumia Abu Jamal get no justice, we’ve seen Eddy Conway, we’ve seen Mutulu Shakur, we’ve seen Herman Bell, we’ve seen Jalil Muntaqim, and countless other colonial subjects shot down by the police departments inside this country, no justice.”
Some might say this is “Modern Lynching” or as Michelle Alexander calls it “The New Jim Crow”. It could also be called “American Apartheid”! Today, the prison industry is traded on the Stock Exchange. Did you know that the place where the Stock Exchange exists was once a place where slaves were sold? When laws are made to support the interests of an industry that is designed for profit and to benefit its stockholders; there is not much difference in the once profitable slave industry.
Right now, the United States represents five-percent of the world’s population but incarcerate twenty-five percent of the world’s prisoners. And guess which group of people is disproportionately represented in the American criminal injustice system – Just Us. Black people represent a large number of what I call the modern slaves, but the system calls them Felons. Yeah, some kind of “Liberty”!
Lift every voice and demand justice, thereby remove the stigma of “Just Us”. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…