Black Lives Matter: How to repair a stopping working criminal justice system?
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As Barack Obama stepped up on the podium to rejoice his presidency, one girl exclaimed: “At this point, the entire race thing is over … it does not matter any longer. We’ve transcended it. Now we have a black president, so plainly we are not racist.” 8 years later on, as Obama left his presidency in 2017, you might only want this held true. Since 2015 and at the time of writing, there have actually been 738 black deaths reported through authorities’ killings in the United States. Though they were all different– male, female, young, senior, queer, trans, and differently-abled– their resemblance is what eventually eliminated them: their color.
This short article is not to specify what complex action need to be taken; with every black victim of cop’s cruelty, there emerges a higher rise of visions of reform. Rather, I argue that enthusiastic efforts under the name of Black Lives Matter will not change the criminal justice system, because the US was not constructed to make black lives matter. The 738 black murders cannot have the effect to drive a legal change in a nation which does not secure, protect or support black life. There is no justice, no effects and no driving force to understand the meaning of equality the US constitution wrongly prides itself on preserving. What’s needed is a methodical reform of an essentially damaged system.
On the surface area, responsibility needs to be a crucial factor in altering black treatment. Yet, this can only materialize if the criminal justice system of the country enables it to (which it does not). This neglect has actually can be found in a number of types. In 2016 a cost was prepared in Texas needing education for all ninth-grade students on the ‘correct behavior’ of civilians when communicating with policeman. It is comprehended that education is very important, but only when offered to those who need it. Comparable neglect was available in the type of Blue Lives Matter, a countermovement to promote the security of law enforcement officer in action to the Black Lives Matter motion– this project is now law in 2 states.
These efforts are just producing a new class of people who will be taught not to question authority when they need to be questioned, not to challenge guidelines when they must be challenged and permitting state power to decrease the value of black neighborhoods even more. The paradox in these ‘reforms’ is stupendous. The police is a cumulative identity which currently holds a high advantage and insulation from the kinds of violence experienced by the black neighborhood. Therefore rather, we ought to be informing those in law enforcement who are under direct duty to safeguard lives but are presently significantly abusing their powers. For That Reason, Blue Lives Matter is simply a baseless act of white supremacy suggesting itself as a targeted race: a real paradox to the American truth.
The real paradox here is that we presume we are repairing a damaged system, yet it was never ever right from the minute of its creation in 1776. The criminal justice system was developed in such a way that segmented the beliefs and values of people/communities at the time. Such a structure was created to feed into the supremacist program acting to dismiss the history of race relations and this marked the beginning of the white cleaning of history. This system is a reflection of the society that empowers it: a white society that has actually denigrated black people since the Antebellum period. This is a country where the very same constitution once considered African Americans only 3 fifths of a person. Hence it features little surprise that, the application of laws and circulation of criminal charges will unquestionably be diverse and sustain the ideology of white supremacy and black inability till today.