Justice or Just Us is the namesake and first segment within the topic of Justice or Just Us. The focus of this discussion is centered on Black’s contentious relationship with the criminal justice system as a whole and how that impacts in the Black Community.
The 3 Questions
1. Does the Black Community have a legitimate beef with the criminal justice system as a whole (law enforcement, courts, etc.) or are the feelings of mistreatment exaggerated and or a figment of Our collective psyche?
2. Do you feel a heavy police presence in impoverished or predominantly Black Communities is necessary or a ploy against poor and Black people, why or why not?
3. How would you characterize your personal interactions with the justice system and what do you feel is the biggest problem with it?
Jaywalking….that’s the crime that got an unarmed black teenager killed by the police in Ferguson, Missouri. People can slice it however they want to justify what happened, but in its most basic form, a child was killed for not walking across the street within a crosswalk. The outrage over this and other similar situations has brought to the forefront the injustices faced by Black and poor communities since the end of slavery. The dirty and unwritten truths believed in these communities is the entire system wants to destroy, defile, and disrupt any progress our possibility of progress for Black people and people in these impoverished communities. But this line of thinking, even if justifiable, only leads to more questions and more confusion. Is there a conspiracy against Black people from law enforcement? Is there really a vested interest in seeing the poor population remain in dire situations? If not, why are police so quick to over police Black people and impoverished neighborhoods? This line of thought is the starting point to a new way of addressing an issue as old as America and question as tough to answer as any that We currently pose. With that being said, let’s discuss if the attitude of just Us is contributing to the destruction of the Black Community?
Please write in and response to our 3 poll questions or post some questions that you would like to see asked. These question and more were addressed on 8/2/2014 during the discussion which is now airing on YouTube.