The System Ain’t Broken (UPDATED)

Scales of Justice statue

Let me repeat that. The system ain’t broken. It never was. But this is not to say that I support it. Hell nah! In fact, I’m saying that we must not expect it to do what it says. Like almost everything else in this “Land of Opportunity”, what it’s said to do and what it actually does are two different things.

“Liberty and justice for all,” are the last words to the pledge of allegiance, that thing we’re supposed to say everyday at school before classes start. But those of us not born of a certain skin color knows that those words are just that. Words. There has never been any liberty nor justice for all. Only those with the “right” skin color and the “right” economic status are able to afford those. I guess when you live in a hyper-capitalistic society, all things have a price., including life itself.

The fact is that the lives of black folks are cheap – so cheap that nowadays it’s seemingly okay to take one, especially if you’re a cop. The lives of Michael Brown, Oscar Davis, Aiyana Stanley-Jones and Rekia Boyd, for example, have been regarded as expendable. And in almost each one of those cases – the cop who shot and killed Rekia Boyd is currently on trial – the officer got off with either a light sentence or was able to walk away. The trial of Rekia Boyd’s killer Dante Servin will see if that kind of “justice” continues.

If one were to check out history, actual history and not school-taught history, one would see that the so-called justice system has largely been unfair to blacks. Black men and black women have been accused of crimes they never committed. And when you’re staring down the might of a white judge, white lawyer and an all to largely white jury, it’s a safe bet that there’s a prison cell with your name on it.

That’s how it has always been. That’s why there are so many brothas and sistas in prison for nonviolent crimes or are completely innocent. Is this to say black folks don’t commit crimes? Hell nah! But to take a look at the African American prison population and to assume that black people are a violent criminal race is to give in to age-old stereotypes and simple-minded reasoning promoted by a racist society.

Ask yourself, when has the “justice” system ever since its inception have been fair to the black community? (O.J. doesn’t count, by the way.) Never, that’s when! So, it’s dangerous to assume the liberal mindset that the system has been largely operational with just a few bugs in it. It has always been working as it should against certain people while protecting, even helping, others. That’s the kind of “justice” America’s system is regulated to. Always has been and most likely, always will.

UPDATE: Earlier today, I heard that in the case of Eric Garner, the Staten Island Grand Jury has decided not to indict the officer responsible for his death by choke hold Daniel Pantaleo. Click here for more details.

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15 thoughts on “The System Ain’t Broken (UPDATED)

  1. Just got finished reading about the Eric Garner case..and sadly..just like Michael Brown .. his killer wasn’t indicted My heart goes out to his folks.

    I really agree with you about our ” justice system. It really wasn’t ours to begin with. In primary school, your teachers would teach you about the Constitution and the so called rights and freedoms( ha!) that we have in this nation. Though I have never viewed the United States as a free country, my thoughts was validated through an old history book that I had when I was in the 11th grade. Just out of sheer boredom, I decided to read it again

    As I was reading it a couple of things that stuck out on my mind when it came to slavery, the poor and woman.. During those times when they declared the US as a free society, Black people were still enslaved, the poor was still being mistreated and women weren’t treated right . A quote that one the writers of the book mentioned that at the end that caught my mind was that the Constitution only pertained to wealthy Christian White men.My old book wasn’t written by Black historians,but by White historians. Funny how my teacher skipped over this part of the story.Kids are being taught the wrong stuff when it comes to history. I mean to say that we had these so called rights . The constitution was established in 1788, yet slavery ended in 1865 and women’s rights kicked in in the 1920’s..It couldn’t be a free country if there are people still in bondage years later.

    I really don’t know why the U.S. is called a free country when it really isn’t. When I see cops get off for murders they commit and not get convicted.. among other things ..that isn’t freedom Our country don’t have a right to tell any to country about their human rights abuse records when we’re doing the same thing. Some people may argue that they government will censor them , wrongly detain their citizens or kill them off. That may be the case,but there is one thing those countries never done( Canada and Europe and Australia included) that we’re shamefully doing is giving …that is giving a false advertisement of the US being a free society.

  2. The Eric Garner case should come as no surprise to anyone

    As to why the system is so fucked up, take a look at its emblem, Lady Justice, a blindfolded white woman with off-balance scales…. A picture is really worth a thousand words…..

  3. Listening to that poor man say multiple times “i Can’t Breathe” hurts me to my soul. That video is so hard to watch. Watching that video triggered my anxiety level.That was just brutal the way way he was murdered . The whole world saw that, and there can’t be any of that “We really don’t know what happened since we weren’t there” shit. We all heard and saw it. Rest in peace Eric Garner.

  4. ..Yes mary, R.I.P. Eric Garner indeed-I will be sO estatic if and when the day comes that those words are (truthfully) uttered once a POC (especially Black folk) has lived a long, healthy and happy life way past their golden years-until then, these words have said again and again way too soon!

  5. I don’t know what kid’s history textbooks are like now, but when I was a kid (longer ago than I care to mention), non-white were very much depicted as The Other in my textbooks. Even in my white bread world, it was obvious that then that the writers assumed the reader to be white. I was too young and clueless to really understand my own reactions at the time, but I do remember being vaguely uncomfortable about how the black kids in my class must have felt reading that and hearing the lessons. Those black (and Hispanic and Asian) children were being conditioned to feel like second-class outsiders from the very beginning.

      1. Sorry about the mangled syntax before, by the way. I shouldn’t try to leave comments on blogs while I’m burning CD mixes and doing laundry and responding to text messages. Would you believe I’m a professional writer? Lol!

        Anyway, your textbooks were probably like mine, which were basically about the history of Europe, with the obligatory paragraphs about Martin Luther King Jr. and Frederick Douglass. I didn’t learn a thing about African or Asian history (pre-U.S. contact at least) until I got to college. And I grew up in a so-called liberal state.

      2. Yep. It’s just like the ones I had. Only three blacks – at most- were mentioned in each book. Squanto is the only Native American mentioned. And I don’t remember any Asians or Latinos mentioned.

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