“LIFE!”

I was sitting up late last night thinking about a few close friends of mine and some of the conversations that we have shared together throughout the years. During one of our conversations we talked about our struggles as American Black Males that are trying to survive in a society that does not view us as equal. As I mulled over our conversations I noticed that drugs, pills, alcohol, trust issues, abandonment, incarceration, and broken homes were the common denominator. The outcome varied from person to person depending on their socio-economic status, the social standing of an individual or group, it is often measured as a combination of education, occupation, and income. 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 who have never been to a criminal proceeding there are a few questions that the courts will ask “YOU” before making judgement concerning “YOUR” unjust sentencing, questions that will help “THEM,” determine “YOUR” fate.

Judge:

“Do you have legal representation?”

Defendant:

“NO”

Judge:

“Are you employed at this time?”

Defendant:

“NO”

Judge:

“Can you pay restitution to the courts?”

Defendant:

“NO”

Judge:

“Are you currently furthering your education or in a trade school?”

Defendant:

“NO”

Judge:

“How do you wish to plead today Mr. Blackman?

Defendant:

“NOT GUILTY!”

Judge:

“LIFE!”

DAME

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