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Only in America can a president be impeached twice for cause, and one branch of our legislation refuses to give him a fair trial. Only in America can a young man murder two men and injure one with a military assault rifle and be acquitted in court, although two of the men were unarmed. Only in America can a judge order the prosecution to refrain from labeling the deceased “victims.” Instead, he called them “rioters.”
One of my most frequent topics concerns America’s justice system. It is as big a failure as our non-existent healthcare system.
In America, justice is not blind: justice is prejudiced. If you are white, wealthy, or in a position of authority, you will be given preferential treatment in a court of law. If you are poor and Black, you are considered guilty before a trial and punished to the full extent of the law if convicted. If you are white, seldom will a member of law enforcement remove their weapon from its holster in most situations. If you are Black, you will face the barrel of a gun and fear for your life all too frequently.
The jury’s misguided decision to acquit Kyle Rittenhouse Friday is not only controversial but also unforgivable. This young man traveled from his home in Aurora, Illinois, to Kenosha, Wisconsin, with a single purpose: to join a white supremacist militia. He brought with him a military assault rifle and became the only person to use his weapon in the streets of Kenosha that evening.
It is an undeniable fact that “white privilege” is a massive problem for non-whites in America. Under Trump’s failed presidency, I learned that racism is a far greater blight on our nation than I believed. This single issue is the reason why the United States has never been a “great nation.”
America has never lived up to its 1st amendment guarantee that the rights apply to all men and women. Unfortunately, we have also failed to live up to the promise of the 14th amendment, that everyone is equal under the law. The latter is not only about race; the flaw in the 14th amendment is that there are two justice systems: one for wealthy whites and another for the majority of our nation’s people.
For whites, the only important amendment is the second. White boys love to play with their guns and will rant and rave whenever anyone in Congress considers protecting the right of the other 90 percent to feel safe.
There is hope. Younger men and women are not only less bigoted, but they are also more diverse. Diversity is happening quickly, and soon pure whites will be the minority. Women are taking a more influential role in business and government, and they will end the failures of old, white men over the last two-and-one-half decades.
The United States has been slow to grow up, and the last four years destroyed much of the progress made over the previous 60+ years.
Prejudice is a synonym for ignorance. Race and color of skin do not affect intelligence, character, morality, or ability. This was the intent for the future of our nation when our Founding Fathers penned the Constitution. Unfortunately, we have yet to achieve these lofty ambitions. I hope I live long enough to see a dream come true.
Op-ed by James Turnage
Reuters: ‘I’m not surprised’: mixed reactions outside courthouse after Kyle Rittenhouse verdict – video
Guardian: Kyle Rittenhouse wasn’t convicted because, in America, white reasoning rules; by Michael Harriot
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