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Part IIII of “Ferguson Unleashes a Movement for Racial Equality”

Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen the formation of a massive movement for racial equality and judicial reform in the US. The Michael Brown tragedy was the last straw, as it blatantly showcased the maladies entrenched within the judicial system. Another black teen was dead. Another white police officer enjoys impunity.

Only weeks later, in an even more blatant example of racial discrimination and police brutality, officer Daniel Pantaleo was released of any accountability for strangling and killing unarmed Eric Garner on a Staten Island street in broad daylight. In this particular incident, there was very little room for misunderstanding. Millions watched the video filmed by Ramsey Orta for a first hand account.

Pantaleo had previously been the subject of two civil rights lawsuits in 2013 where plaintiffs accused him of falsely arresting and abusing them. In one of the cases, Pantaleo and other officers ordered two black men to strip naked on the street to be searched. The charges against both men were dismissed.

Ironically, Ramsey Orta was the one that ended up with an indictment, for filming the incident. This leaves one with little belief that mandatory police cameras for every officer would make much of an impact on judicial reform or racial equity. Evidence is rendered ineffective within a system entrenched with impunity.

Yesterday, over 25,000 people marched through New York City to show a united front against police brutality and institutionalized racism.

“Enough is enough”: Tens of thousands march to protest police violence”

Thanks to the proliferation of the Internet, and a solid 20 years of utilization by the masses, we now have enough information to understand the magnitude of our devastatingly inept, elitist and discriminatory judicial system. America’s elite have been manipulating our governmental agreements since their inception. They have transformed a platform for freedom into a mechanism for exponentially elevating and coddling the rich and powerful, while keeping the poor and ethnically diverse on their knees.

To understand just how systematic and deliberate our government has been about oppressing the poor through racial division and unjust judicial practices, it’s important to understand the “War on Drugs”, as coined by our beloved 37th president, Richard Milhous Nixon in his infamous 1971 press conference.

The “War on Drugs” has never been about reducing or eradicating drug use in America. From day one, it was a tool developed for the sole purpose of incarcerating and killing what America’s elite consider to be “useless Americans”. It began, long before Nixon’s reign, and it was first targeted at the black community. Later, it was target at Latin Americans and lower class whites.

When Nixon unleashed the War on Drugs, drug usage was actually the lowest it had been in ages. The ensuing 40 year war has resulted in the expenditure of more than $1 Trillion and over 45 Million arrests. The U.S. incarcerates more people than any country in the world – both per capita and in terms of total people behind bars. Our prison systems thrive off of societal, racial division and oppression of the poor. The statistics are dumbfounding.

Doesn’t this raise some red flags? Are we not capable of building an economy that thrives on something other than division, violence and epic rates of incarceration? 

Judicial Reform

I believe we are in dire need of judicial reform in the United States. Here’s why.

  1. Our judicial system has developed and continues to foster a racial, social and economic caste system.
    1. People are systematically divided, often by institutional force or social pressure, by race and current economic status.
    2. The system has always positioned people of color, specifically African Americans, at the bottom of that system.
    3. These groups are the first to be marginalized, and consequently represent the majority of those oppressed by the agreement/system.
    4. You can now find most of these people conveniently packaged up in small communities we refer to as “ghettos”.
  2. The judicial system was founded upon the principles of a caste system.
    1. Consequently the system needs crime in order to thrive. Corporations make outrageous profits from the proliferation of the prison system.
    2. Simply put, there is no effort to actually stop crime. Otherwise our economy would crumble. There is in fact an effort to perpetuate crime and punishment.
    3. This paves the way for the elite to continue to rise and the poor to continue to spiral downward to the extent that they are then locked away in a cell that generates enormous amounts of income for the owners of that cell.
  3. Our judicial system operates with almost complete impunity.
    1. The instances of police or military being held accountable and prosecuted for their illegal behavior are almost unheard of. There are so many stats and cases to back this that it would take an entire Wikipedia database to list all the details.

Here is a recent article articulating how difficult it is to indict a police officer for any type of misconduct.

In an effort to provide you with the best possible education on the dynamics that transpired in the United States that have resulted in our current situation, I cannot think of a better resource than watching the new documentary, The House I Live In, from acclaimed directory, Eugene Jarecki, produced by Brad Pitt, John Legend, Danny Glover, Russell Simmons and a long list of other concerned citizens.

I implore you to watch this film. It’s an extremely intelligent, mature and detailed window into an agreement that is destroying the vary principles this country was founded on. And it’s not all doom and gloom. There is hope.


The first step to developing solutions is to become educated and aware of the facts. I feel it is our civil duty to be informed and engaged. Directly after, we must act according to the ensuing responsibly derived from that awareness.

Freedom and equality are not maintained without frequent engagement and action from the people. Apathy and indifference may prove to be the most powerful threat to the free society we have always strived for. But we have the power to change that, if we choose it.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Jonathan on December 15, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    What an economy we would have without division, violence and epic rates of incarceration.
    Most of my friends have done time in the slammer. Once they’re in the system it’s hard for anyone to rise above it. There is an oppression of the poor that’s hard to imagine until you witness it.
    Keep the posts coming.

    • Jared Angaza on December 16, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Thanks Jonathan. Yes, I believe that a fundamental flaw in our judicial system is that it is designed to feed itself with inmates. It needs more criminals in order to thrive within our current economic system/agreement. I believe we can develop systems that rely on equanimity, unity and kindness. Unfortunately, we’re so far from that now, that most people can’t even fathom that possibility. Long term, I believe it’s the only answer.

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