Some people may wonder why #Justice4Meek is essential in the American Social Justice campaign. People get caught up in the in the parole violations of Meek Mill without fully understanding that he is only the lightning rod for this critical social justice issue. The American story is about the underdog and the redemption of man, but not the Black Man it seems.
Our country has a short memory when it comes to people like Robert John Downey Jr. who goes from drug addict and parole violations to Iron Man without the blink of an eye. One of his parole violations includes a 1996 arrest for possession of heroin, cocaine, and an unloaded .357 Magnum handgun, while he was speeding down Sunset Boulevard.
So why no justice for Meek Mill? Should he at least get the same treatment as Robert John Downey Jr?
They did to @MeekMill what they've done to young black men and women and people of color forever. Read #FreeMeekMill in @RollingStone and see how crooked and racist the criminal justice system is. https://t.co/5Fy8LyijRa #Justice4Meek pic.twitter.com/1124SKys6O— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) March 14, 2018
"Today there are more African-Americans under correctional control — in prison or jail, on probation or parole — than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. There are millions of African-Americans now cycling in and out of prisons and jails or under correctional control. In major American cities today, more than half of working-age African-American men are either under correctional control or branded felons and are thus subject to legalized discrimination for the rest of their lives."
"Legal Scholar: Jim Crow Still Exists In America". "Fresh Air" with Dave Davies, www.npr.org. January 16, 2012.
With the spark provided by Colin Kaepernick, other athletes like Malcome Jenkins have taken a stand for social justice issues like that of Meek Mill.
As I reflect on this clip from a Malcolm X speech the lack of progress in the justice system is evident. Equal protection under the law is not the rule for all Americans which is provided to all citizens under the 14 ammendmant of the Consitution of the United States of American.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Representatives shall be apportioned among the several states according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each state, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the executive and judicial officers of a state, or the members of the legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such state, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such state.
No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any state shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.
The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
I love my city but we have plenty of work to do like the rest of America...
Philadelphia has a seriously broken criminal justice system. The community has no trust in law enforcement and this is why. @MeekMill 's case has been problematic from jump. #FREEMEEKMILL #Justice4Meek https://t.co/W2KzJdI0pq— Justice League NYC (@NYjusticeleague) March 8, 2018
The story of Meek Mill is a one that is all too familiar in urban areas like Philadelphia. As a social justice warrior, how do you forward undeterred?
Land of the FREE... Home of the BRAVE... #Justice4Meek
We will continue to #StandWithMeekMill and everyone else treated unfairly by the justice system. #WinsandLosses available everywhere including your favorite streaming service and https://t.co/1iubKnLqp0https://t.co/2tPh6t2cAY #FreeMeekMill #Justice4Meek#DC #MMG pic.twitter.com/AJPcOLx2QG
— Maybach Music Group (@MaybachMusic) March 14, 2018