Un(equal) justice under the law
July 04, 2012
THERE’S ONE law for the man who murdered unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida—it’s called “Stand Your Ground.”
And there’s another for young Black teenagers in New York City, like Ramarley Graham, who was killed an NYPD officer in the bathroom of his home—it’s called “stop-and-frisk.”
Because in the eyes of the U.S. justice system, if you kill a Black teenager, you’re innocent until proven guilty. But if you’re a Black teenager, you’re already guilty when you get up in the morning.
These are two faces of the U.S. criminal justice system, where the priority is anything but justice and where racism infects every inch of it.
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