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Once we start from that premise and understand that capital punishment rests on a foundation of muck created by men, there’s nothing more that needs to be said. It is legal only because they say that it’s legal. It is legal because of citizens, who ought to be repulsed by shameless lawmakers, who use “tough on crime” to secure votes, permit that. It behooves our electorate to inform ourselves of the history surrounding the subject.
The fact of its immorality means that capital punishment cannot ever be justified and constitutionally acceptable. Running back and forth to the United States Supreme Court, to collectively ponder whether a particular case meets the test, the artificial standard, of “cruel and unusual punishment” is redundant and ridiculous. Being so because the actions of the State create circumstances of suffering that make it cruel and unusual.
But capital punishment extends further in its obscenity, corrupting each individual who facilitates the killing, from the judge who claims she’s only following the law, to the governor whose bloody hand approves the evil, all the way down to the brute that seeks the vein to administer the poison. Each participant, at every stage, makes a personal decision to kill the particular human being. There’s no excuse. Nothing decent can be found in what you chose to do. Stop the barbarity.
I woke up optimistic and went back to bed disillusioned. So I thought the least that I might do is bring attention to the plight of African-Americans caught up in America’s Criminal Justice System. An institution, if not by design, then surely by malice, IS determined to eliminate that particular segment of citizens. A protracted war could not have inflicted more suffering and human destruction. America’s Criminal Justice System is by practice, an evil institution.
One hears grudging admissions such as “well, the system is overwhelmed.” Platitudes about reform and trust building initiatives. If you refuse to believe that America can sort a billion Chinese, to find one prisoner unjustly incarcerated, then vehemently condemn China at international forums, as we do much the same at home, then I’m with you, because it’s truly incredible. So, the attached, though fictional, is worth imagining.
As a Black,Liberal,Pinko,Commie,Bastard, I would not unjustly criticize President Obama and the White House on anything. Fox and Rush are already making vulturous living off that. I know of no other President who commented on extra judicial killings of unarmed Black men more often than President Obama. He did so before international bodies, from the White House and several other occasions, going way back to Prof. Gates. And he called the victims by name. So, I am not really concerned about his speaking out. What I am troubled by are the solutions he suggests.
That the daily scourge of police atrocities happen to be common and on his watch is more than just unfortunate as to him. But it was inevitable. Black people in the U.S are the collective political football and the spectators are having generalized anxiety. I am unhappy with the tired, tried-and-failed solutions of more training. I am outraged that again, the public pays and miscreants dare citizens to even scold them.
Tell me why you are responsible to train racist attitudes out of me? Especially after you have screened, interviewed and hired me. Did his reference give no clue? Tell me which police officer does not know that it is criminal for eight, fifteen of them to club and kick a handcuffed man on the ground, confident that their Watch Commander would say nothing, the State Attorney would say nothing and the Judge would not ask why this bloody, contused man is standing before her on some petty charge to which the Public Defender would later offer a deal? Tell me what purpose it serves to have these hundreds of pocket police forces rotating bad cops and worst Chiefs, all jealously protected by a one-eyed,lousy hen called the Police Benevolent Association? The PBA will stand with their usual gaggle at a “press Conference” defending the discharge of one hundred and sixty seven bullets into a car in an apartment complex, even though the car is trapped and no one is firing back. All this recklessness just to execute a warrant for burglary.
I still ask our elected officials at all levels, why they are so willfully blind and tongue-tied, that they do not advocate for police forces to reflect the racial diversity of this country. Or is it easier to continue using taxpayer dollars paying suits in Federal Court?
I my years of public service, I have never seen a bureaucracy that, when a long foreseen calamity arrived, did not call for more training. Thank God for the courageous, indefatigable young people of Ferguson and all the people of conscience, taking to the streets all across this country. We demand change.