Here we go again. Another young black man who finds himself the victim of what is an unquestionably corrupt criminal justice system in America.
Robert Rihmeek Williams, aka “Meek Mill” is a well known hip-hop artist who was recently sentenced to a 2 – 4 year prison sentence for a “probation violation” regarding a crime he allegedly committed ELEVEN years ago when he was the tender young age of nineteen. And what was this egregious violation that led the judge to come down upon Meek with such a heavy hand of justice you may wonder? He made the insanely inconceivable decision to “pop a wheelie” on a motorcycle. No really, that was it. Quick…grab the women and children and rush them inside! Lock your doors and throw away the key America, a mad man on a motorcycle is trying to have fun! What are we to do – what with such debauchery and hoodlum-like activity unbridled and running amuck on our streets?!
This is so obviously ridiculous. It is…within a nutshell…everything that is wrong about the prison industrial complex. And that complex is incidentally – an institution with a binary purpose that clearly defines its ultimate objective: 1) Make money 2) Enslave young black men. After all more black men are in prison today than were slaves during that period in America. But wait it gets worse. The probation officer and THE PROSECUTOR in Meek’s case informed the judge that he did not need to see ONE DAY – let alone two to four years in prison – and yet the judge ignored their advice and decided to exact this severe punishment upon him anyway. MEANWHILE – just last week – the parents of another unarmed black man who died at the hands of the police had to sit and watch a “not guilty verdict” handed down by a jury of their peers as justice once again leaped out the window of a another courtroom of supposed “law & order”. This was a reenactment of an all too familiar scene or a really bad movie for the families and friends of black men and women who cry tears of pain upon a loss of life and then again for a second time after witnessing the assailant walk away scot-free.
And, what about this opioid epidemic that is sweeping through white communities around the nation? The response of the current administration in the White House to stories like the one I just read the other day in which two white women were found passed out in the front seat of their car (Click here for story) with the infant baby of each respectively in the back seat…is empathy. We need to HELP White Americans not JAIL them apparently. Therefore Trump is suggesting programs of rehabilitation and assistance for those hooked on opioids which he calls a “Public Health Emergency” (a program that since he labeled it “Public” will cost upwards of a billion dollars out of the pockets of tax payers by the way – I thought his crowd hated socialism??). Meanwhile, if a black mom should be caught – AWAKE – with a nickel bag of marijuana – a much more benign drug – she is headed to jail. We don’t need to help her – she’s just a bad mother and a degenerate drug addict.
The double standard in this country is as evident as it is appalling. So when I say “Free Meek Mill” in the subject line above, I don’t just mean from prison (although somebody DEFINITELY needs to step in and let that negro out). I am actually referring to something I’d like to think is much more profound. What I am suggesting is the cultivation of a society in which he is truly free. A society in which such an egregious miscarriage of justice is unthinkable not just for some but for all. A society in which a black male cannot be killed by individuals who are sworn to protect him. And if he is – one in which that officer KNOWS justice will be swift and impartial. It is in THAT type of society that you TRULY free Meek Mill and all who share his pigmentation. Whereas in this society Meek Mill can be released from his physical incarceration TODAY, and yet he still will not be completely free. Because to be black in current day America is to live in bondage and to be subject to an unjust system economically – socially – and politically. God speed the day when that is no longer the case. Until then I guess no “popping wheelies” Black America. If you want to commit a crime – overdose on heroin with your kids in the car because that will elicit the sympathy of our Commander-in-Chief.
FREE MEEK MILL
Oreos to go: Black Americans don’t get treatment via “Public Funds” they get locked up:
More than a blog. It’s a movement.
Though there is much more that could be said, I will have to stop for now. But hopefully you will continue the conversation in your living rooms, at your places of worship, and even with that person of another race you just met as you were walking down the street in your neighborhood.
And also I do have what I think is another interesting plate of cookies on a platter for next Monday (you can share via social media buttons below), when I hope you will join me again to talk some more oreos.