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Marissa Alexander, George Zimmerman, and the Criminal Justice System

A few nights ago, a good friend of mine (David Flynn) and I were discussing the topic of race in America and the definition of the word “racism.”

I asked David, “What do you consider the definition of racism to be?” His response was simple: “Holding your race to be superior to others… Basically, a doctrine of hate.” I immediately thought about America’s legacy of White supremacy.

Almost inevitably, the topic of conversation shifted toward the criminal-justice system and the Zimmerman verdict. Going along with the definition David gave me, I inquired as to if the criminal justice system in America is racist or not. He answered in the affirmative and then went on to support his claim by adding: “America is racist and all of its institutions are racially [biased]. So yes, the criminal justice system is racist because it exercises prejudice through legal authority”

“Do you think that was the case in regards to Zimmerman?” I inquired.

“Not really, but the six women who served on the jury seemed to be racially bias. I believe they [are] subconsciously socially conditioned to believe that Trayvon Martin was a thug. Regardless of the inconsistencies that were exposed in George Zimmerman’s story, they were determined to find credibility in his claims. They sympathize with George Zimmerman although Trayvon was the one to lose his life.” He then went on to say, “Plus the State Police treated Trayvon Martin as if he was subhuman. Plus the judge did not allow George Zimmerman’s history to be used against him in the court which would have proved he was a racist.”

Although I did not follow the Zimmerman trial perhaps as closely as I should have, I know that David did and I trust his claims. They all seem valid – especially his claim of a conditioned Jury. I wrote about this topic of mass brainwashing (a.k.a. Mental Oppression) back in January of this year, citing research from Associate Professor at the University of Colorado (Boulder), Joshua Correll, which proves that a great majority of the American people have been conditioned to believe Blacks to be more violent than Whites. I am almost certain that those six people that David referred to are conditioned to believe that Blacks are thugs.

The racial bias in the American criminal-justice system can be easily seen in the Prison-Industrial Complex and other drug laws which are harsher on minorities and poor people than on White people.

Also consider the case of Marissa Alexander – a Florida mom who was sentenced to 20 years in prison after firing warning shots to ward off a potential attack from her abusive husband. She was charged with attempted murder. She was denied a new trial after appealing to the judge to reconsider her case based on Florida’s “Stand Your Ground Law” (which states that the victim of a crime does not have to attempt to run for safety and can immediately retaliate in self-defense).

The point remains that a child will be without her mother for 20 years because of something that was arguably not a crime. That means that the child will have no mother to see her graduate from high school. That means that the child will have no one to take her to orientation at a university and kiss her on the cheek before starting her life as a young lady.

But what makes this case particularly devastating is that George Zimmerman, who killed a young boy, is a free man while Marissa Alexander, who tried to save herself and her child, is in prison.

What this means is that the criminal-justice system is a corrupt system that carries on the legacy of White supremacy in America. It is a system where justice goes to the highest bidder and the one with the correct DNA sequence. This is an unjust system that must be reformed before true progress can be achieved. We should know that a system designed for the rich and powerful will not work properly for the poor and meek.

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