SHAUN KING: The American justice system was not built to provide justice to Black & Brown people. It was built to punish us.

Shaun King
Feb 18, 2020 - 3:12
American justice system is not designed for black justice

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. 

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2 Replies to “SHAUN KING: The American justice system was not built to provide justice to Black & Brown people. It was built to punish us.”

  1. Thanks, Shaun. I prefer the Department of Injustice or the injustice system, but legal system will also so do…

    Keep up all the great work (fight for Bernie as you long have, eloquently…)

    Alan Gilbert

  2. The Truth is this… ‘No justice has ever come easy for us in this country. Who was ever held accountable for slavery? Who was ever held accountable for lynching?‘

    And what is THE solution? ‘We were right to do so (squeeze justice out of the system). But about 4 years ago, I came to understand that the best possible use of my time was going to be to radically change the system itself.’

    And despite the good fight for Justice? ‘accepted that only about one in every 500 or so of them will get it.’

    I understand your sentiment here…but even if the system is rigged, let’s not accept it.

    Let’s believe that more of us can in fact receive Justice because we won’t stop asking for it.

    For every slave that was denied it. For every lynched body that was denied it. For every innocent life taken and denied it.

    As a person of strong Jesus faith, I can’t believe or accept otherwise. He didn’t…I won’t either. We won’t.

    Keep speaking Truth, Brother. ❤️

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