Earn & Educate
Excerpt From Washington Post‘s Democracy Dies In Darkness.
By Radley Balko, Opinion writer, September 18, 2018
… “Of particular concern to some on the right is the term “systemic racism,” often wrongly interpreted as an accusation that everyone in the system is racist. In fact, systemic racism means almost the opposite. It means that we have systems and institutions that produce racially disparate outcomes, regardless of the intentions of the people who work within them. When you consider that much of the criminal-justice system was built, honed and firmly established during the Jim Crow era — an era almost everyone, conservatives included, will concede rife with racism — this is pretty intuitive. The modern criminal-justice system helped preserve racial order — it kept black people in their place. For much of the early 20th century, in some parts of the country, that was its primary function. That it might retain some of those proclivities today shouldn’t be all that surprising.”…
… “Finally, none of this is to say that race is the only thing we need to worry about in the criminal-justice system. Certainly, ilots of white people are wrongly accused, arrested and convicted. Lots of white people are treated unfairly, beaten, and unjustifiably shot and killed by police officers. White people too are harmed by policies such as mandatory minimums, asset forfeiture, and abuse of police, prosecutorial and judicial power.”…
As I was reading this very enlightening piece, my mind kept wondering back to the…
… Sad? Ignorant? Hateful? comments on I45 Now’s post which (First- I’d like to add) revealed the officer Body Cam Footage from an incident that caught the nation’s attention (for a day or two, anyway): The August 3, 2019 (not 1619) photo of mounted officers of the law dragging poor, homeless, Mentality Ill Donald Neely by rope… through the streets of Galveston, Texas.
(I don’t even have the words… none of the words in my three-dollar vocabulary repertoire convey the depth of my feelings)
Watching the footage sickened me. But THESE COMMENTS seriously broke my heart. They forced me to realize that the career (and personal) path I have been called to take will be the the Most.Difficult.Ever!
How can we begin to unite our divided country when we can’t even take care of home first? Obviously the citizens of my home State, County, and Town have no desire to to be “indivisible, in liberty and justice, for all.” Hell, some of these White-Americans don’t even desire or feel that they deserve liberty and justice for themselves.
Why else would the argument “Well, this happens to white people all the time. If you don’t want to be treated like a criminal, then don’t break the law” even be a thing said out loud?
I feel bad that these folks are so immersed in self-hate that they feel if THEY break the law, then THEY deserve this type of treatment… and who are WE to think we deserve better than THEM?
I am happy to share with you, EXACTLY, who I am. I am a Black-Female-Texan-American who lives with mental illness and knows that I definitely do not deserve to be dragged by rope, by mounted officers, through the streets of Galveston (or any other fucking place) for ANY crime I “allegedly” committed. Not because I’m Black. Not because I’m female… BUT BECAUSE I’M A FUCKING HUMAN BEING.
Like I said. I feel sorry for you if you think this is proper procedure for yourselves. I disagree. But, when you wake up and realize the truth of my statements, I’m gonna need you to find your own advocate. I’m booked solid fighting for those who already want to be liberated.
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