My house is crazy In a good way, but crazy nonetheless. It’s full of kids, dogs and chickens – each in dire need of feeding. You know what else it’s full of? Charging Door. everywhere. I depend on my eyes with them. For everyone’s phone. And now, with 5 kids and adults in the household enrolled in school, we have an absolute war for computer chargers. It’s cruel. Of course, none of the Apple chargers work for any other computer. And even some MacBook chargers don’t work for other MacBooks. Each cord and clunky square white charging box is built to be able to perform a very specific task for a very specific computer – and even when some cords and boxes seem interchangeable, they are not.
He was my metaphor for the American justice system. It may seem like it was made for everyone, and the millions of laws and policies we have here apply equally to every citizen, but I assure you, it just isn’t. I wish this were true, but white people, even those without money and power, didn’t need the Emancipation Proclamation or a constitutional amendment to make sure this country treats them with dignity and respect. .
The American justice and legal system is primarily about punishment. First, let’s be very clear on something—it takes very little improvement or rehabilitation. When some people get out of line, the police and prosecutors are there to ensure that those people are punished, punished and removed from society for their behavior. It is nowhere near cut and dry that anyone who breaks the law is punished. It’s about who breaks the law in certain zip codes, from certain backgrounds, with certain income groups. This is why Black and White New Yorkers smoke weed at a similar rate to the previous generation, but 95 percent of the arrests and prosecutions are by Black and Brown New Yorkers. Weed has been functionally legal in New York for white people since the 1970s. Why? Because who smokes and who doesn’t smoke, it has always been about race and money more than public safety.
The hard truth about the justice and punishment system in America is that the machines that keep those systems running are designed to protect white people, white property, and especially white power, and to protect black and brown people in any way. was created to punish. That’s why you won’t find a single honest political observer in America who believes that black people or Muslims have ever threatened to attack America’s Capitol, take it, hang its vice president, while holding office and legacy. equally destroyed. And then go away and go home without any resistance.
And that is why Donald Trump is being investigated by at least half a dozen different prosecuting and investigative bodies across the country, without a single charge being filed. It is widely accepted that he brought thousands of his supporters to Washington DC on the specific date of January 6 to somehow reverse the legal consequences of the presidential election. We learn that he was told repeatedly that no verifiable electoral fraud was stopping him from winning the race, but he didn’t care. And to this day he doesn’t care—continues to lie about being betrayed by the presidency.
But these bodies that are investigating Trump were not created to hold rich, powerful, popular white people accountable. These systems were built to protect this type of men. And the more we want to squeeze and protest these systems and force the really powerful white people to go against our own intent and design to hold them accountable, everything I see suggests that It won’t do anything like this.
It’s not about the quality of the evidence. The evidence is rock solid.
It’s not about the expression of logic. This is right.
It is that we are demanding, even as the American justice system, which was built on the backs of enslaved Africans who were stained with their blood, to go against its very nature now. Of all the presidents in American history, and all the criminal malfeasance they have committed at home and abroad, did you know that only one US president has ever been arrested for a crime?
Tell me who
It was President Ulysses S. Grant—arrested, and literally taken to prison, for repeatedly speeding around DC in a horse-drawn carriage. And guess who had the indomitable gall, the nerve to do such a thing? A young black man, a Civil War veteran, formerly enslaved himself, named William West of the DC Metro Police Department. This may sound like a whole hell of a lot of irony. But it is deeper than that. This whole arrangement was, in the middle of the rebuilding, turned upside down on its head.
William West broke the code.
This had never happened before.
It never happened again.
And I won’t hold my breath for this to happen to Donald Trump—no matter what he does.