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Ferguson, MO case proves criminal justice system is morally bankrupt

By Luke Tripp

Guest Commentator

To understand why the grand jury in Missouri failed to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager, we need know a little legal history: Dred Scott v. Sanford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857), was a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Dred Scott v. Sanford, Supreme Court judges considered this key question: Did the citizenship rights guaranteed by the Constitution apply to African Americans? The Supreme Court decided the case by a 7 to 2 decision that Black people were not American citizens. They reasoned that people of African ancestry had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order and altogether unfit to associate with the White race, either in social or political relations — and so far inferior that they had no rights which the White man was bound to respect. This decision continues to be the guiding constitutional principle of the legal system in the U.S. The grand jury’s decision in Missouri is evidence that the criminal justice system (CJS) is morally bankrupt. Continue Reading →

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Why did I “survive” as a Black “crippled” child? I believe I survived so others can see it is possible. How did I “survive?” I believe I was born with the intestinal fortitude, true grit, and determination to survive. What did I survive? I survived a traumatic brain injury as well as severe internal injuries with resulting partial paralysis on my left side from head to toe. Continue Reading →

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