Everyday for one reason or another, or even no reason at all, minorities are harassed and detained by unjust police officers. Everyday. Behind the badge and with the unwavering support of others like themselves, these infallible idiots use the power afforded them to strip human beings of their right to freedom, and like animals they throw them in cages. Assisted by magistrate who neither care nor pretend to care about minorities as individuals. They dole out immediate sentences without once looking into the victims dark faces or hearing their side of the story. In a rare instance they may happen to look up just to give that look of disdain, the kind a Mom gives after a cookie jar raid, then simply go with whatever story the cop has written down and make you sign your life away.
If you’ve never felt the cold of jail cell, just try to imagine it. Imagine being stripped of your dignity, stripped of your identity, then literally stripped naked and forced to change in front of a stranger and held against your will with no one to turn to. A cold room, a hard bed and 3 meals. This is the justice system we have. It’s baffling, cause it’s just as good as being kidnapped. It’s the same definition of kidnapping. Except the people you would think to call to save you from such a thing just did it.
The Law and Order picture of justice where you’re questioned and get the opportunity to have your lawyer on the spot is a joke. If you think the police care about your rights when your imprisoned just give it a shot. Once arrested you have no voice, except over the phone, till they cut you off. Its the picture given to fools who would think the justice system runs like some well oiled machine. In fact the justice system is a rusty old lemon that’s rolling down the street on three flat tires and puttering cause it’s out of gas. To say the system is not designed for minorities is a less than perfect statement. The system is actually set against us. Made to stifle forward movement, degrade and destroy. Government sanctioned abduction and detention. All on the taxpayers dime.
This is what minorities are subject to and witnesses of regularly. Mothers, Fathers, Daughters and Sons. Kidnapped and held against their will for some coin, a ransom of sorts – Bail. If you’re family can afford this ransom you may get to see the light. If poverty is what you were born into and each meal is a gift you may not be so lucky. You will be a prisoner ’till whenever your court date is set.
Now imagine all this happening to you for failing to indicate. For not flipping a switch. Imagine being hurled to the ground and assaulted for bruising an officers ego. Imagine being bound in cuffs jerked here and there then stripped and caged. Imagine the anger, the sheer rage that would boil over you. Then the despair of realizing you are helpless. Surrounded by this gang, this brotherhood of criminals that only trust their own. That will uphold the will of a coward and treat any minority just as if she were some murderous marauder. The same gang has sworn to help you and your money funds them. Imagine realizing for the first time that your life is something a man in a badge for whatever reason has the right to just toy with. It’s disheartening and disgusting.
As minorities we strive for the American Dream and oft times wake up in a very real American nightmare.
In Memory of Sandra Bland. A soul gone too soon. Please Open Your Eyes.