ALL LIVES MATTER?????
Gary Norris Gray-BASN-Newsroom Staff Reporter
These are the following nine reason African Americans are still slaves in the United States, yet some people say ALL LIVES MATTER. If that were true, everybody would be working to change the criminal justice system. This justice system only reinforces institutional racism: propping up white supremacy.
Black people are imprisoned in exceptionally high numbers.
People should be asking how 12.5 percent of America’s population can be 54 percent of America’s prison population. That is 2.3 million BLACK people.
The numbers exploded during President Richard Nixon’s War on Drugs but what the American media will never tell you, is how those drugs came into America.
NOW THINK REALLY HARD. How many African Americans owned a boat or a plane in 1970’s?
Black people are more likely to be arrested for nonviolent offenses.
Question, how many white individuals get arrested for Jay-walking, DWB, Driving While Black, selling loose cigarettes on the streets, or walking in the middle of the street? Black people are 3.2% more likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana than their white peers, even though blacks and whites use the drug at similar rates.
The wheel of justice turns very fast for Blacks but slowly for whites when it comes to penalties for crack cocaine vs. powder cocaine. African Americans receive a five year sentence for crack cocaine while suburban Caucasians get five months or less for powder cocaine. This is the American justice system.
New Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions appears to be seeking a return to higher incarceration rates. Will this really MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN?
Black people are more likely to be sentenced to death for crimes against white people.
White citizens who kill Black people receive lesser sentences at trial (life in prison) than when African Americans take a white life (death row).
The death penalty was reinstated in 1976: 80% of people who have been executed have been put to death for crimes against white people. Again, the news media will never inform the American public about this fact. Blacks and whites are likely to be murder victims at roughly equal rates.
Black people are less likely to be judged by a jury of their peers in criminal trials.
All- white-juries are commonplace in the American court system, but it is rarely seen an all-Black-jury at a criminal trial. Is this equality under the law for African Americans? The law states you shall be judged by your peers. African Americans never get this opportunity. Government studies have found that racism is common in jury selection.
Black children are more likely to be disciplined in school than their white peers.
African American children are sometimes physically assaulted and are assessed harsher punishment by school authorities when that child breaks any rule.
Black children are suspended and expelled from school twice as much as their white counterparts for the same offense.
This begins the school-to-prison pipeline which starts at preschool. The path to incarceration begins.
YET ALL LIVES MATTER
Each day, 500,000 people fill America’s jails awaiting trial because they are too poor to afford bail.
Americans technically are innocent until proven guilty, but if you are poor that can be a problem, because they are sent to jail until their trial date because they do not have the funds for bail. The Vera Institute found that 50% of people awaiting trial couldn’t afford bail of $2,500 or less.
Even Black men who do not have criminal records are less likely to be hired for jobs than white men who’ve been convicted of felonies.
Discrimination runs rampant in the job market. NBC News reported in 2015 that if the applicant had an African sounding name he/she did not get a second interview but white individuals with European names received phone calls after the first interview. This was also true with apartment hunting in major cities.
Key findings include:
- Both Black and Hispanic men were less likely to receive a positive response from employers—including a call back or email for an interview or a job offer—compared with white men.
- Men with criminal records were more likely than women with criminal records to receive a negative response from employers.
- White men with a criminal record had more positive responses than Black men with no criminal record.
Black Disabled Americans are literally the last hired and the first fired.
The Disabled Revolution of the 1970s favored most white disabled community and left African American disabled folk behind. Many leaders of the movement stated that they modeled their revolution after the Civil Rights Movement, but they forgot one thing: BLACK PEOPLE. America’s Black disabled had to play the game of catching up in the 1980s. African American disabled women fared much better then disabled Black males.
Mental health assistance is not as available in the African American communities as it is in the white communities.
The recent murder on Easter Sunday of 75-year-old Mr. Robert Godwin in Cleveland by a distraught African American, Steve Stevens and who later suicide in Erie, Pennsylvania just magnifies this problem of mental health in the Black communities.
REMEMBER ALL LIVES MATTER
In World War I and World War II, African-Americans were sent overseas to defend our nation. They all went there, abled and willing to fight against fascism.
These young men were fighting for freedom in a foreign land and when they came home to America they did not have that same freedom. Under the Red, White, and Blue these veterans returned to be second class citizens AGAIN…
Shannon Sharp explains why Colin Kaepernick is protesting, kneeling for the National Anthem.
Mr. Sharp makes it clear why Kaepernick is taking that knee.
Mr. Sharp states, Some Americans insist that Black Lives Don’t Matter but All Lives Do…Now think about these Black men who go to Germany to fight for people who they have nothing in common with and gain their freedom, only to return home and sit in the back of the bus for 15 more years. DOES THIS MATTER?
Black men are being killed, beat up, shot, and arrested for noncompliance, when white criminals who stab, kill, and rape get tased, pepper sprayed, and handcuffed. In other words they live to tell the story. DOES THIS MATTER?
Another young white male travels miles and miles then walks into a church in South Carolina and joins their prayer group. He stands up and shots nine members to death, premeditated. The arresting officers take this young man to Burger King because he is hungry…BLACK LIVES DON’T MATTER…
Noncompliance to a Black man is a death sentence.
Mr. Sharp continues: If I don’t tell you my Religion, If I don’t tell you my political affiliation, If I don’t tell you my mom’s name, The one thing that I’ve been for 48 years is Black and that’s what America sees.
Americans don’t see my religion, they don’t see my orientation, they don’t grasp my political affiliation, but they see the Black skin.
This is what upsets many African Americans: the double standard that permeates the country.
In 2008 President Barack Obama tried to invite the United States into a bi-racial community, a multi-racial family. It did not happen and President Donald J. Trump is currently pushing in the opposite direction, creating a clear racial division among Americans. The forces of white supremacy would not let President Obama succeed.
Slavery is still here under a new name, and new political, social, and economic face. This country lacks a moral compass when it comes to the issue of race.
This is a sad commentary on the United States of America.
Special Thanks to Jamilah King-Sr. Editor of MicDaily
The Justice Center-The Council of State Governments
Arizona State University
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email at email@example.com
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