Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
decocker

I Got Myself Arrested So I Could Look Inside the Justice System

30 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

I do not relate these experiences to gain sympathy. I broke the law knowing there would be consequences. I tell my story because this is the side of the system we didn’t get to see where I grew up. In the wealthy suburbs of Massachusetts, our shared narrative told us that people who didn’t live where we lived, or have what we had, weren’t working as hard as we were. We avoided inner city streets because they were dangerous, and we relied on the police to keep people from those places out of our neighborhoods. Whatever they got, we figured they deserved. My total, unquestioning belief in this narrative was the reason I arrived in Roxbury, fresh out of law school, eager to incarcerate everything in sight.

After I was sentenced, I went across the street to scan my hand into a biometrics database. As I walked down the steps of the courthouse, I noticed that there were some words carved into the façade of the building. It was a quote from Thomas Jefferson, describing one of the “essential principles” of American democracy: “Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion.”

worth a full read..

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/12/i-got-myself-arrested-so-i-could-look-inside-the-justice-system/282360/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
... as a white professional, the police have never eyed me suspiciously or stopped me for routine questioning. I would have to do something creative to get their attention.

THAT right there is white privilege. Me, I don't have to get creative, I just have to get out of work clothes...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good that we ended racism in America, isn't it?

resuscitating racism is obama's main presidential goal. i mean, where would obama be today if not for reverse racism? duh, prison (where all community organizers belong, no matter their race).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

'Sharing a narrative' is mostly for pansies.

But that's ok.


Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

-=-=-=-=-=R E A D ! ! !=-=-=-=-=-

Whoa Nelly ! Want NVC Info? see http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/NVC_Process

Congratulations on your approval ! We All Applaud your accomplishment with Most Wonderful Kissies !

2mzcunl.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I read this and I'm not sure this really says anything. White guys in suits screwing around in Brownsville getting a pass could be considered white privileged or very confusing to cops. I'm sure these guys get used to certain norms in certain areas, right or wrong. The rest of it? He tried to make the system pay, someone took note and then took it to him. Had someone not made the note, he would have gotten 5 days community service. Someone heard about the reporter most likely. As for the profiling stuff, sure there's some racism. BUT what I think liberal idealists forget is that cops are often going by what they see every day. You're a cop in a neighborhood where there's thugs causing problems on the reg, you're going to develop stereotypes accordingly.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I read this and I'm not sure this really says anything. White guys in suits screwing around in Brownsville getting a pass could be considered white privileged or very confusing to cops. I'm sure these guys get used to certain norms in certain areas, right or wrong. The rest of it? He tried to make the system pay, someone took note and then took it to him. Had someone not made the note, he would have gotten 5 days community service. Someone heard about the reporter most likely. As for the profiling stuff, sure there's some racism. BUT what I think liberal idealists forget is that cops are often going by what they see every day. You're a cop in a neighborhood where there's thugs causing problems on the reg, you're going to develop stereotypes accordingly.

as a liberal idealist, i try not to forget what cops have to deal with. then i ask myself, why do people become and stay employed as cops? followed by why are so many black people in prison? i ususally come to the conclusion that any sort of support for a stereotypically biased justice system, leaves plenty blame with the enforcement of that system. i think this article says a lot, but primarily, it's certainly awesome to be white and have the option of playing the system instead of being born black into society where the justice system will certainly play you.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

as a liberal idealist, i try not to forget what cops have to deal with. then i ask myself, why do people become and stay employed as cops? followed by why are so many black people in prison? i ususally come to the conclusion that any sort of support for a stereotypically biased justice system, leaves plenty blame with the enforcement of that system. i think this article says a lot, but primarily, it's certainly awesome to be white and have the option of playing the system instead of being born black into society where the justice system will certainly play you.

But why do you narrow your parameters to race so much?

The prison system is also 10 to 1 male and full of young people too.

Bias is bias.

It is 2014 (or almost)


type2homophobia_zpsf8eddc83.jpg




"Those people who will not be governed by God


will be ruled by tyrants."



William Penn

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×