We Don’t Call It Justice…..We call it Just Us

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(Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin and Lucy McBath, mother of Jordan Davis)

You don’t stick a knife into a man’s
back 9 inches, pull it out 6 inches, and call it progress. -Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik Shabazz)

If you are traveling and you come to a sign that says “Chicago 62 miles away” you do not stop at the sign as though you have arrived and rejoice in belief that you had made it.

America is falsely rejoicing in a so called post racial society. Racism doesn’t look exactly the same today as it looked in the early days of slavery.  Racism in the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s didn’t look the same in that time period as it looked during Harriet Tubman and in Nat Turners day. Racism today is alive and well and nobody feels it more from every angle than black & Latinos in America.

●In a 2006 pole after Hurricane Katrina 6% of white people said racism is a national issue

How many so-called minorities would agree with this? In fact statistics have shown that blacks & whites in America have historically disagreed on the importance of race issues in America.

● In a 1963 pole before the March on Washington 80% of whites stated they believed blacks were being treated equal.

● In another 1963 pole 2/3 of whites poled stated the civil rights movement was asking for too much too soon.

The illusion that America has arrived as a post racial society is at best far off. America has gotten better to a degree. But better and right are not the same.  There is still much to be desired on both ends by all people.

As we turn on the television there has been the constant murder of black males and the justification of their murder by the justice system. The historical rift between minorities and the police has widened. Do we see a problem with this as police departments turn back to traditional policing methods, when traditional policing methods are a root cause of the problem?  (Another subject for another article that has already  been written).

With a refusal to change, and hope for it becoming lost in the eyes of many minorities how will this issue be solved? How long will minorities seek justice through the justice system when the system has shown itself to not be at work in the favor of minorities? (so called minorities)

I did not write this article to point fingers or to say who is to blame. That won’t get us far. I wrote this article to inform you that if reform and complete change isn’t brought to the forefront quickly,  America will have a new and exciting problem on its hands that won’t be easily wiped a way.

I’m talking solution.  In the world of technology new technology is embraced very quickly.  In a high technological world humans have not changed all that much. Its time our institutions change and mature.

Alot of people believe the system is the problem. I’d like to remind you that systems come from the minds of men & women.  So its very possible that man is the issue.  Problems do not go away and disappear into thin air, it takes highly intelligent,  diligent men & women to bring about the proper change needed.

What does justice look like? America and the world is changing,  the America of today is an outdated model and the  structure is crumbling.  Rightfully so, it has outlived its means and has aged beyond its use.

Nature always produces the man & woman to bring about the proper change needed. Dissatisfaction brings about the change.  We can ignore it as long as we want, but its not wise to look through the short term view of our personal desires while ignoring the long term needs of a crumbling society.

“All too many of those who live in affluent America ignore those who exist in poor America. In doing so, the affluent Americans will eventually have to face themselves with the question that Eichmann chose to ignore: How responsible am I for the well-being of my fellows? To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Exceptions (Oprah, Obama) don’t prove the rule. There was a black millionaire in the US in 1911. Did racism not exist then?
– Tim Wise
Racism is perceived as only effecting the underprivileged and not effecting the dominant group, yet for every act of racism against the underprivileged there is an advantage given to the over-privileged
– Tim Wise

I fear I integrated my people into a burning house
– Martin Luther King Jr

Menelek Shah @ Refinedimage1688@gmail.com

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4 Comments

  1. Hassane

    Great Job, can’t wait to hear more!

  2. Rita

    It’s a joy to read your articles! Keep writing

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