I’ll be brief today. I want to teach you something. For some of you, it will be a new paradigm. For others, it will simply be a confirmation of what you already believed.
One of the most painful lessons I’ve learned over my life about the American justice system is that it was not designed to actually provide justice to Black and Brown communities. Not at all. It was imagined, designed, and built to punish us. It was built as a white supremacist tool of oppression. Consequently, any time we try to squeeze any semblance of justice out of this system, in the rare instance we ever get it, it gives it to us kicking and screaming. No justice has ever come easy for us in this country.