“…the hopelessness takes hold when one realizes that there is no amount of acting right or doing right, no amount of parental wisdom or personal resilience that can completely guarantee survival, let alone success.”
I respect and believe that there are genuinely good officers out there but I feel that the system has given way to the over criminalization of ever facet of our society. This man who fell asleep on the train after coming home from work was acosted by officers. Our society is built on the masses of people that work to keep the system going. This video for some reason reminded me of vagrancy laws that were commonplace in American society in the past. I do not understand how this man could be arrested considering he was never given an official charge and he was only working for the semi-industrial system that cause the US to function. Furthermore, when will the lines be drawn and this police state mentality be ended. Please be advised the video may be graphic for some and has some cursing but the image is necessary for people to understand what the lives are like for the ordinary people who are just trying to make an honest living.
This is a very insightful article on the black experience in the United States and how reparations are well deserved. Something that I never really thought of before is how reparations is Biblical.
“And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee. And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty: thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the LORD thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him. And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing today.
— Deuteronomy 15: 12–15