Today, there are more black men in prison or in jail, and on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850.. Where we once were denied full citizenship due to our skin color, today it’s because we have been criminalized. Once charged with a crime there’s a ninety-eight percent chance you’re going to be branded as a felon whereabouts all the discrimination formerly outlawed now becomes again legal and enacted with impunity. Here, we find ourselves standing before a judge who treats our constitutional rights with “all the power and relevance of toilet paper.””
Everyday, we walk into courtrooms around the nation with illusions of due process that I find comical yet painful to acknowledge as the attorney who mocks his client in the following passage:
“…come on brother, you didn’t really come here today in chains like a slave, being treated like half a man, expecting justice, did you?”
“Nigga, did you just call me a slave?”
“No I called you brother the 13th Amendment calls you a slave.” You expect these white thinking lawyers to look out for you because you accept the illusion of…justice. While you take your own self-hate out on the streets, they’re taking their well learned hate of you out on you here..
And there it is there, like magic we find ourselves behind prison walls unveiling the magician’s tricks which force us to recognize we’ve been had by the biggest damn racket in the nation-the criminal just-us system!
Ivan Kilgore is the author of Domestic Genocide: The Institutionalization of Society. Friend him at Facebook/Ivan Kilgore.com. You can contact him directly at:
California State Prison Sacramento,
Ivan Kilgore, No. V31306, FB2-118,
P.O. Box 290066,
Represa, Ca 95671.
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