"Wisdom is knowing the truth, and telling it."~~Unknown
Thursday, June 24, 2010
A Stacked Deck Against Black Men
The deck is stacked against black men in America. It is stacked against them the day they are born as far as justice in America goes. Troy Davis gets to have his case heard, but there is a catch 22 that comes along with it.
"Certainly, Mr. Davis and his attorneys have a very difficult burden ahead of them," said Howard Bashman, a Philadelphia attorney who operates a Web site devoted entirely to appellate litigation. "They have to show far more than there are serious doubts over the validity of the conviction. They have to show that the new evidence clearly establishes Mr. Davis' innocence." ~~Jeff Mays, BV~~
"...Seven of nine witnesses have recanted their testimonies, claiming that police coerced their cooperation in the hopes of securing a quick conviction. Four of those witnesses testified in court today that their original testimony was not true and that authorities pressured them to name Davis as the shooter."~~Jeff Mays, BV~~
What does not quite make sense is the fact that even after the witnesses in Troy Davis's trial have admitted that their testimony was not true, he still has to prove that he is innocent. A black man was framed but he has to prove he is innocent even after the witnesses admitted giving false testimony. Shouldn't the courts be dismissing his case? Or does that only happen in Perry Mason movies? Or does Troy Davis have to wait until he is a senior citizen and incapable of fathering any black children before he is released?
More and more black men are being released after spending the best years of their life in prison for crimes they did not commit after DNA test proved their innocence. Yet and still, there are still many black men in prison for crimes they did not commit. Correctional Officers used to tell you that's what they all say. But could it be because they were telling the truth and are really innocent. After all, there has been a rise in black men being set free after spending years in prison for crimes they did not commit. Yes, they are given lump sums of money, but does that buy back years of their life spent in jail or turn back the hands of time?
Another interesting article I read today was regarding the tolerance of white militias and the racial double standard. Going back down memory lane, I remember another group who carried guns out in the open to a state capitol that were not given the same privilege as the militas are being given. Instead they were branded criminals and put under FBI surveillance until their group was disbanded by death, jail, or lack of members.
"Armed with enough firepower to take on a police department, some of these groups are honing their sniper skills using photographs of Obama for target practice." ~~Courtland Milloy, Washington Post~~
Yet and still, the white militas are not considered dangerous enough to disband. They've been given free reign to grow in numbers while those same law folks turn and look the other way and folks on the right justify them as being harmless.
Why is it that since the Revolutionary War in America, black men are welcomed back with police brutality even if they had on their military uniform? Although, Haven did not have on a uniform, he did inform the police that he was a Iraq vet, but that did not stop the policeman from beating him. So what if he suffered from PTSD like many of the white soldiers returning from the war. It probably wouldn't had even made a difference if he had been missing any limbs as far as the police welcoming committee is concerned. He's just another black man--an endangered species.
All of my life I observed people and often wondered why hatred between the human beings exists. As a black woman I have experienced it proliferated towards my people and me in myriad extreme and often subtle forms in which one could ever imagine toward a group of people.
One day, while meditating I asked the question why do people hate so much not knowing that this question would take me on a journey that would lead to an answer which has been one of the greatest deceptions in the history of mankind.
My journey has led me to the place that I am now, which is fighting against injustice, inequality, and enslavement of the minds of my people by the pharaohs of today.
Lord knows I am not perfect, nor do I profess to be. Neither are my people and no human being on earth is as a matter-of-fact. There are human flaws in every single race.
So, then my question is what gives one race the idea that they should have control over all others?