Friday, March 23, 2012

The Trayvon Martin case has become a referendum on the multi tiered class and ethnicity based enforcement of the law, as expressed in an increasingly corrupt criminal justice system, and through the devaluation of the lives of African American Men, for whom there apparently exists a presumption of race based guilt as a direct consequence of living in a white supremacist society, and who as a result make up a horribly disproportionate number of inmates in our prison population.
This must end, or this country will be brought down. In the wake of the criminal malfeasance of Wall Street Bankers, Americans are no longer prepared to quietly accept the cognitive dissonance which exists as a result of the enforcement of one standard for white collar criminals, and another entirely for innocent Americans who simply deal with the presumption of a race based guilt, despite innocence, as a result of racism and race based profiling.

There must be accountability and a reaffirmation of the rule of law, or this society will not survive its own internal contradictions. There will be no more "looking forward and not looking behind" while the true criminals in this society literally get away with murdering innocents presumed guilty simply because of their ethnic identity.