Before I write this piece, I would like to say that I am not a racist, I am a realist, a person who accepts a situation as it is, and is prepared to deal with it accordingly. Instead of using violence, which is to be expected of me, I choose to fight my battles with my mind.
I was sitting up late last night thinking about a few close friends of mine and some of the conversations that we have shared throughout the years. During one of our conversations, we talked about “OUR” struggles as American Black males that are trying to survive in a world that does not view us as equal. As I mulled over our conversation, I noticed that drugs, pills, alcohol, broken homes, and incarceration, was the common denominator. The outcome varied from person to person, depending on their socio-economic status, the social standing or class of an individual or group. It is often measured as a combination of education, income, and occupation. “STRANGELY” enough, the same tools that the powers that be intentionally keep from “US,” are the same tools that “WE” need to attain some form of justice. For those of you that have never been to a criminal proceeding, there are a few questions that the courts will ask “YOU” before making judgement concerning “YOUR” sentencing, questions that will help “THEM” determine “YOUR” fate.
Judge: Do you have legal representation?
Judge: Are you employed at this time?
Judge: Can you pay restitution to the courts?
Judge: Are you currently furthering your education, or in a trade school?
Judge: How do you wish to plead today?
Defendant: “NOT GUILTY!”
The powers that be know that most of “OUR” answers will be “NO,” so off to the private plantations “WE” go!