One Month After Ferguson, What Can We Do?

Police wearing riot gear try to disperse a crowd Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Image via beaumontenterprise.com

Police wearing riot gear try to disperse a crowd Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Image via beaumontenterprise.com

If you’re like myself, you’ve been looking at the screen the last month with mounting dread, anxiety, resignation, and finally hopelessness – fearful for the state of a humanity crushed under the weight of not just oppressive and manipulative corporations with dollar signs as their function, but a state power seemingly determined to keep things that way. Maybe you were under the impression that, despite threats and jokes aimed at President Obama, memes about “welfare cheats”, and growing hate groups, that systemic racial animosity towards non-whites had largely died out since the 1960s. And now you are rudely shocked out of that delusion. Maybe you read or watched Professor Michelle Alexander’s diagnosis of the New Jim Crow. In any case, if you are feeling overwhelmed right now at the oppressive situation demonstrated in the micro in Ferguson, MO, do not despair. It is time to take action, and there are many ways to get involved so you have many options.

People find all sorts of distractions in Ferguson. A lot of folks are questioning whether or not Darren Wilson is personally a racist and personally holds animosity towards black people. When Don Lemon got on the air and told about his producer’s exchange with a National Guard officer – he allegedly said, “You never know what those Ferguson n*gg*rs are going to do”  – that too may have shocked a lot of people. But these are not the problem though they point to the problem.

The issue at hand, the root we are grabbing at, is a culture of using the weight and force of a justice system – from police and (self-)appointed watchdogs to the laws they enforce, from overworked and underpaid public assistants and over-eager prosecutors, from police, politicians and judges who are rewarded for catching and punishing “the bad guys” even if the supposedly guilty party is innocent to extreme punishments like the Death Penalty which unfairly entrap black men, from zero tolerance schools that unfairly target black male students to the schools-to-prison pipeline that the process becomes  – against Black persons – men, women, children, non-gender specific – persons. Black people.

And we have to shout out loudly and assertively against this form of aggression and oppression that Black Lives Matter. And we, progressives, have to prove it.

In the public realm, intentions do not matter. Results do. And when results have been this devastating, this heartbreaking, this ruthless for this long, then they are cruel and unusual. And these actions and behaviors – laws and enforcement – need to change drastically. I argue that the way our criminal justice system is practiced in this country is unconstitutional. The eighth Amendment to the US Constitution states, and rather plainly:

<Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.<

If we are to speak of a punishment being cruel and unusual, it seems to me that the fact that the United States has the largest incarcerated population in the world and four times the average makes it by definition cruel and unusual. The long-term psychological anguish of solitary confinement, in which on any given day 80,000 Americans are trapped and the fact that the UN is calling for its abolition makes it absurdly cruel and unusual punishment. Three Strikes and Zero Tolerance laws are cruel, unusual punishments. People convicted of certain nonviolent crimes, despite what the judge feels is right, face at least a certain amount of imprisonment time for the charges, sometimes eating at least five or twenty years at minimum. These mandatory minimum laws are cruel and unusual. Stop & Frisk laws which specifically seek out and target minorities for unwarranted searches. The very fact that we punish people for the possibility of

What is death row if not cruel and unusual punishment by its very nature?

What about setting bonds for nonviolent offenses for the very poor? If they can’t afford to run anyway, why detain them in overcrowded holding cells to await trials for crimes they have only been charged but haven’t been tried yet for? Is that not “excessive bail”? This was a major part of the racial and class injustice that had led up to the Mike Brown shooting, and is only right now being addressed.

Isn’t it cruel and unusual that the only defendants most poor people can access are overworked and underpaid?

But what can we do, you ask?

It is past time to start focusing on this issue and to challenge our people, presidents, and legislators to get us some constitutional judges. We need Supreme Court and appellate judges in every state who will uphold the eighth amendment for all people. We are not even asking for “activist judges”, just for judges who are faithful to the US Constitution. We also need municipal and county judges who also will uphold the Bill of Rights in practice.

Maybe your community, like mine, needs Civilian Accountability Panels. Make or sign a petition to Eric Holder and the Justice Dept asking for accountability in not just Ferguson but other places where blacks are targeted and killed by police officers. Seek that any local policing grants that come through the Dept of Justice come with the caveat of training to prevent racial profiling and unnecessary harm.

Seek for more funding for public defenders. It shouldn’t just be the rich who are represented and defended through every step of the criminal justice system – from the moment they are apprehended by the police through retrials.

Expose cop shows like Cops and Law & Order for the anti-poor narrative propaganda that they are and help to promote narratives that focus on the alleged and accused – those falsely accused and wrung through the system, and those not but still treated like animals – not as fascinating, exotic subjects but as all-too-common protagonists in a system that fundamentally denies equal justice for the underclasses.

Ask your church or local churches and coffee shops if you can leave some material about – or even speak about – anti-incarceration actions in your community. Ask local clergy, rabbis, imams, and ministers what they can do and are doing about things that affect their parishes and communities in the here and now, like police brutality.

Door knock. Flyers. Benefit concerts. Bake sales. Garage sales. Talent shows. Find ways to raise both funds and awareness – preferably at the same time.

Fundraise for your politician of choice and make them aware that you do that and what you’re seeking for your shared community. Keep your presence known. Make them know you and your pet issue. (One issue at a time.) Remind them that it is unconstitutional and immoral to pursue cruel and unusual punishments.

Find out when your local elected officials have office hours and visit them, regardless of whether or not you’ve helped get them there. Persist and insist that our communities are not places for cruel and unusual punishment.

Raise your voice. March. Twitter hash-tag campaigns. Meet up and hash it out with local activists on Facebook, Twitter, the streets, at a cafe or any of the above. Do sit-ins. Do walk-outs. Organize, or participate in already existing ones. If you can’t be there, ask if other friends can. But activate.

For the land of cruel and unusual punishment is a cruel land to live in.


jasdye

When he’s not riding both his city’s public transit system and evil mayor, Jasdye teaches at a community college and writes about the intersection of equality and faith - with an occasional focus on Chicago - at the Left Cheek blog and on the Left Cheek: the Blog Facebook page. Check out more from Jasdye in his archives as well!

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  • Stephen Barlow

    WOW! In SPADES!

    Not really funny how 95% of the judges are NOT BLACK!

    NOT funny that black COPS are more honest than the honkies.

    They arrest black suspects just as often as they do white guys.

  • Jim Bean

    There can be no question that what the black community needs now is more ‘help’ from the more capable white citizens of the Left-wing community. They have a 60 year history of unparalleled success in this field of social engineering.

    • This whole blog was an act of solidarity of what black people are already doing in their own communities. Not social engineering. Not white-led. And I thought that was pretty clear. But if you’re gonna read what you want to (and ignore Jim Crow), cool beans.

      • Jim Bean

        I AM going to ignore Jim Crow. I will also ignore Pearl Harbor when relating to the Japanese, will ignore the holocaust when relating to the Germans, and the Crusades when relating to the Christians. Sue me.

      • Except Jim Crow is still happening – or did you not read the first paragraph?

        I swear you don’t read these blogs cuz you’re too busy coming up with the formulations you got in your noggin.

      • Jim Bean

        The closest thing to Jim Crow that has happened in recent years happened, in reverse, to the Duke Lacrosse players. Convicted in the court of public opinion of phony charges trumped up against them by a black person who hated whites.

      • And this is why I can’t talk to you, JB. You’re ridiculous. And a rape apologist for rich white bros.

      • Jim Bean

        I hope you’re not suggesting what it sounds like you’re suggesting.

      • Not suggesting it. I’m saying it. You’re a Rape Apologist. And misogynist. And anti-black.

        Stop harassing my comments.

      • Jim Bean

        The LaCross players were guilty of raping her and the girl didn’t really lie even though she confessed to lying?

        Stop being misleading and I’ll stop calling you (harassing) on it.

      • congero

        You are the liar and all you do is regurgitate Fox/O’Reily bs. Who did the Central Park Five rape?

      • Jim Bean

        Who where the five that Reginald and Jonathan Carr raped and murdered?

      • congero

        So no answer to the Central Park five huh? Your white people under attack meme is growing stale but it sure is indicative of your bigotry. Hey maybe Timothy Ray Jones should have blamed the killing of his 5 kids on a black man like Susan Smith.

      • Stephen Barlow

        So you are selling this as the RUE with black women and NOT the exception?

      • Jim Bean

        Absolutely not. It is presented for the express purpose of demonstrating that in many instances, we find out the accused (even when white) are not guilty.

      • Stephen Barlow

        By anti black, you mean that is his ONLY racism affliction? You think Jimmy is OK with hispanics, Asians, Jew and Muslims and Catholics?

        We have NEWS for YOU Jasdye.

      • Stephen Barlow

        It sure sounded like that was what you are advocating.

      • Jim Bean

        Nah. You heard what you wanted to hear.

      • Stephen Barlow

        wouldn’t be surprised if that;s how he got married. He picked out of a crowd, stalked her, ‘took her like a real man, used until she was knocked up for certain and then was an honorable man and did the right thing…

      • Pipercat

        One individual lying and the band wagon effect equals institutional/legislative tyranny. You’ve outdone yourself. This is your best false equivalency yet! Bravo!!

      • No, one person gaslighted, persecuted, slut-shamed, and harassed by extremely wealthy white families = she lied.

        Can’t trust black womenz you knows. They lie about things like gang rape. Oh, and they have a vendetta or something cuz they hate White people
        //deep sarcasm.

        Bean and dudez need to stop being horrible people.

      • Pipercat

        Just toward the logic, or lack thereof, Jason. I always stay focused to the comment. It goes to how they divert the attention from the issue at hand. Pay close attention to his last five words. That’s a lure. I undermined it by creating counter argument by throwing it back in his face.

      • Pipercat

        Now read the latest offering. See how he jacked the thread and is trying to project things back toward you?

      • Jim Bean

        Seems YOU two hijacked the thread and made it about me. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

      • Pipercat

        Poor baby… I thought loved the limelight…

      • congero

        Really? White people under attack huh? ROFL. You’re a bigot. Remind me who the central park five raped?

      • Stephen Barlow

        When exactly will the “Great Black Uprising” actually happen there jim? The same day Obama’s ‘death panels’ start Soylent Greening the Medicare recipient’s?

      • Stephen Barlow

        Not voter suppression in 32 States? Not the militarization of local police with 98,000 .50 and .30 cal machine guns handed out like candy without a single restriction or instruction on it’s use as a law enforcement tool?

        NOT the systemic white probation/black jail time disease that permeates the entire justice system nationwide?

        YOu’re one ignorant fuc* Jim!

      • congero

        (CNN) — Two men, shocked at what they saw, describe an unarmed teenager with his hands up in the air as he’s gunned down by a police officer. They were contractors doing construction work in Ferguson, Missouri, on the day Michael Brown was killed. And the men, who asked not to be identified after CNN contacted them, said they were about 50 feet away from Officer Darren Wilson when he opened fire. An exclusive cell phone video captures their reactions during the moments just after the shooting. Intense clashes during Ferguson protest Protests disrupt Ferguson town meeting “He had his f**n hands up,” one of the men says in the video.
        There is actual video of the two white men on the scene and there reaction. Don’t know if the were liberal or not though. Jim Crow is so yesterday right yet you demonstrate in your beliefs with every post. ROFL

      • Jim Bean

        If it turns out the shooting was not justified, I’ll help you tie the knot for the hangman’s noose. But I’ll not engage in Jim Crow style persecution of the officer.

      • congero

        We don’t have power . Remember on the Ferguson police force there are only 3 officers of color. Therefore we have no power to lynch. You have your history twisted bigot.

      • congero

        But you’ll engage in it of Michael Brown.

      • Jim Bean

        I’m not sure what you mean by that.

      • congero

        You were eager to pass off any rumor (eye socket) or anything that showed MB in bad light. You know exactly what I mean and you engage in these attacks not only of MB but of Afro-Americans daily.

      • Jim Bean

        I engage in no ‘attacks’ on blacks, ever. A frank statement of fact or a blunt substantiated observation is not an attack. I engage my issues with them no differently than I engage my issues with, for example, Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi. No one is entitled to be protected from criticism.

      • congero

        ROFL…no one is protected from criticism except you ,Fox and Bill O’Reily. Pull your head from your butt.

      • Stephen Barlow

        But the injuries to Wilson are FALSE. yet you proudly defend promoting Police Propaganda. you are a criminal as they are you racist worm.

      • Jim Bean

        No injuries?

      • Stephen Barlow

        Then you are incredibly STUPID or deluded beyond simple lying…

      • Jim Bean

        Possibly. I wasn’t smart enough to see that Zimmerman was, guilty, Obama was focused like a laser on jobs, you could keep your plan, Solyndra was a wise investment of American tax dollars, Romney paid zero taxes, my health care premiums would fall by $2500/yr under ACA, the deficit would be cut in half, Obama would not have lobbyists on his staff, etc., etc.

      • congero

        Boy you are just one right wing talking point after another. It is a fact that after Bush left this country economically in shackles Obama has added more jobs than Bush did. Speaking of lobbyist I bet this one really upset you but no whimper from you.

        James Dale Guckert (born May 22, 1957)[1] is an American conservative columnist better known by the pseudonym Jeff Gannon. Between 2003 and 2005, he was given credentials as a White House reporter. He was eventually employed by the conservative website Talon News during the latter part of this period. Gannon first gained national attention during a presidential press conference on January 26, 2005, when he asked United States President George W. Bush a question that some in the press corps considered “so friendly it might have been planted”[2][3] (“How are you going to work with [Senate Democratic leaders] who seem to have divorced themselves from reality?”).

        Gannon routinely obtained daily passes to White House briefings, attending four Bush press conferences and appearing regularly at White House press briefings. Although he did not qualify for a Congressional press pass, Gannon was given daily passes to White House press briefings “after supplying his real name, date of birth and Social Security number.”[4] Gannon came under public scrutiny for his lack of a journalistic background prior to his work with Talon[5][6] and his involvement with various homosexual escort service websites using the professional name “Bulldog.”

        Gannon resigned from Talon News on February 8, 2005. Continuing to use the name Gannon, he has since created his own official homepage and worked for a time as a columnist for the Washington Blade newspaper, where he confirmed he was gay after he was outed.
        Could keep you plan? The major cause of personal bankruptcies are medical bills and out of that most of them had health insurance. Fact is those insurance plans were scams and left many in the hole when they needed them the most . Yes the ACA did away with those kind of plans. Oh, the horror. Solyndra? Oh get off it another bs right wing talking point that has nothing to do with anything as most government investments in green energy are working fine. Tell me how did Bush’s pal ENRON work out. Do you remember Romney paid 0 taxes. Obama never asserted that but it is fact that he paid at less rate than workers who work for wages and that the raider company he captained stole worker pensions just ask Newt Gringrich. The ACA is working so get of your tired talking points. Georg Zimmerman got away with murder and is still having run ins with the law and just recently got in a road rage incident where he threatened to kill the other driver.
        How about Bush’s other buddy Jack Abamhof(sp) and The Marianna Islands slave scandal?
        Oh and

      • Stephen Barlow

        The deficit WAS cut in half, you could have kept your insurance if you liked it until YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY SCAMMED YOU by NOT upgrading your policy and instead CANCELLED you, $500 million was only 5% of the $10 billion theGerman Solar industry invested before it’s commercial success.

        WHO said Romney paid ZERO taxes? But with the unpaid taxes on his offshore holdings in China and Russia, Romney effectively pays single digit taxes.

        WHO said Obama was ‘focused like a laser on jobs’? Although he even posed a REPUBLICAN PLATFORM PLANK to create jobs in the Bush Recession Crisis Recovery and was voted DOWN by 100% of Republicans in the House. Although he inherited 2 wars, a zero bottom free falling economy, and a mortgage implosion.. ALL of historic and epic proportions.

        Obama Stabilized the economy, finished the War in Iraq under Bushed pre determined mandates, developed more jobs than Bush LOST, and did it ll with the anchor of the GOP holding him back.

        With honest Patriots acting in America’s best interests instead of personally against Him and specifically for only their party’s special interests… Obama would have accomplished twice as much in half the time and the Obama Legacy would have eclipsed the FDR legacy in untold multiples.

        If it were not for MASS GOP SEDITION and ACTUAL TREASON on the part of a few… the world would have been brought back to fiscal health within 36 months instead of the 70 it has taken so far.

      • congero

        Good post!

      • Stephen Barlow

        Thanks. The truth works for Me.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Well, if the Ferguson Police actually arrest and arraign Wilson AS IF he were a black suspect with 5 eye witnesses IDing him as the killer of an unarmed man… we could get the truth. But as long as the White Supremacist Ferguson Police treat WHITES different than BLACKS, jim Crow is alive and well and expanded out of Alabama into the yankee North!

      • Jim Bean

        You reek of racial prejudice yourself, you know?

      • congero

        OMG you are too funny!

      • Bronwyn1

        Hi, I wanted to open my profile so I deleted it but saved it I hope

        Hey, Congero if you are still there give me a thumbs up.

        DO NOT REPLY TO THIS POST UNLESS YOU CLOSE YOUR PROFILE FIRST JUST A THUMBS UP

        I want to show you something, trying to help a brother, regarding long posts. Haha but I don’t want anyone else to see it. I might look like a pedantic arse lol! So if you are interested give me a thumbs up. Do not reply, okay

        I have to leave soon but saw that you up thumbed me on LN so thought I could catch you. Anyway what I was going to tell you is, and forgive me if you already know this and just chose not to do it……….

        On those post where you past long quotes or even short ones for that matter, any quotes. If you block them with that grey line to the left, it makes them easier to read.

        using lower case letters put the word blockquote between the right poining bracket. no spaces between that word and the bracket then another right pointing bracket no spaces and the last bracket after blockquote and the first one be for the leter p touch like this ><

        you could close your profile and practice here then backspace to erace it leaving one letter or symbol then delete, before opening your profile.

        Wish I explain it it better but I think it would make it easier to read your already eloquent posts.

        I can't demonstrate how it looks or it will just do the command

        But remove the spaces then with the first set touching the second set ><

        At the end only no spaces the same with the blockquote word.

        I will leave my profile closed until I get a thumbs up from you

        Hey, Congero if you are still there give me a thumbs up.

        DO NOT REPLY TO THIS POST UNLESS YOU CLOSE YOUR PROFILE FIRST JUST A THUMBS UP

        I want to show you something, trying to help a brother, regarding long posts. Haha but I don’t want anyone else to see it. I might look like a pedantic arse lol! So if you are interested give me a thumbs up. Do not reply, okay

        I have to leave soon but saw that you up thumbed me on LN so thought I could catch you. Anyway what I was going to tell you is, and forgive me if you already know this and just chose not to do it……….

        On those post where you past long quotes or even short ones for that matter, any quotes. If you block them with that grey line to the left, it makes them easier to read.

        using lower case letters put the word blockquote between the right poining bracket. no spaces between that word and the bracket then another right pointing bracket no spaces and the last bracket after blockquote and the first one be for the leter p touch like this ><

        you could close your profile and practice here then backspace to erace it leaving one letter or symbol then delete, before opening your profile.

        Wish I explain it it better but I think it would make it easier to read your already eloquent posts.

        I can't demonstrate how it looks or it will just do the command

        But remove the spaces then with the first set touching the second set ><

        At the end only no spaces the same with the blockquote word.

        I will leave my profile closed until I get a thumbs up from you

      • Bronwyn1

        Sorry it did a double post. Wish I could explain it better. I figured it out by playing around. I repeat I apologize if you already knew this. It seems tedious at first but it is easy after you get used to it.

        Also you can set up the bracelet thing then paste/type your quote or you can go back and add them. I practiced by editing old posts. Edit, added the blockquote and hit save edit

        before first word of paragraph (bracelet will touch first word)

        only remove the spaces and the two sets touch ><

        Last word of paragraph don't space and reverse p first and add /

        remove spaces between brackets

      • Jim Bean

        Wafer (white) was convicted of murdering McBride (black) by a jury of 4 blacks and 8 non-blacks. Your racial bigotry, while bringing you comfort, is thoroughly unsubstantiated.

      • Stephen Barlow

        And this case is from where? Which deep recess of you anal brain cavity? What exactly was the similarity between it and the Ferguson, MO murder by cop of an unarmed Michael Brown?

        Was it that Brown was gunned down in broad daylight and left like a trophy, uncovered on the street for 4 hours?

        or was it that the Detroit Police and Prosecutor’s Office are NOT rife with racist corruption and criminal intent?

        BEcause they are not similar in any other way except that an unarmed and innocent BLACK child was murdered by a white racist for some unknown motivation.

      • Jim Bean

        “….. child was murdered by a white racist for some unknown motivation.” If you don’t know the motivation, Stevie, how the hell do you know the white was a racist? Yap, yap, yap, yap, yap.

      • congero

        Read it closer foolio that unknown comment was in sarcasm. Is this like the time you attacked me for using a study I wasn’t referring too? Yap,yap,yap is all you’
        re doing and quite well you bigot. It’s like a child plugging there ears while yelling to drown out something they don’t want to hear.

      • Jim Bean

        See what you get for speaking too quickly? When I repeated it back to him, he didn’t even realize he’d said it. 🙂

      • Stephen Barlow

        Cause he wouldn’t have shot a WHITE girl in the face and murdered her!!

      • Stephen Barlow

        Where is that “quote” from? The origin, not yu cheap Red blog source “-“

      • Jim Bean

        The quote is from your own comment, blockhead. You really need to give the bong a rest. For a few weeks at least to give a few gray cells a little chance to regenerate. Your full comment was –

        [And this case is from where? Which deep recess of you anal brain cavity? What exactly was the similarity between it and the Ferguson, MO murder by cop of an unarmed Michael Brown?

        Was it that Brown was gunned down in broad daylight and left like a trophy, uncovered on the street for 4 hours?

        or was it that the Detroit Police and Prosecutor’s Office are NOT rife with racist corruption and criminal intent?

        BEcause they are not similar in any other way except that an unarmed and innocent BLACK child was murdered by a white racist for some unknown motivation.]

      • Stephen Barlow

        How is telling the TRUTH bigotry?

      • congero

        Because it disagrees with what Fox and Bill O’liely has been telling him. Duh!

      • Jim Bean

        I don’t know. How is pointing to the disproportionate homicide or single-parenthood rate of the black community bigotry? (You’re clearly not in the habit of thinking before you speak.)

      • congero

        Because it blames it on race.

      • Stephen Barlow

        But that is NOT what you did in THIS conversation. Apparently YOU’RE not in the habit THINKING!

        You use the truth the way an Arab uses Toilet paper. (wait for it….) Do you pick your nose and eat the boogers with the same hand you wipe with? (He’ll get it, just give him time…) no WONDER your words smell like shit, they are covered in it because it’s all over your nose and mouth!!!

      • Jim Bean

        Spoken like the true mensa representative that you are.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Sorry you lack the balls and brains to actually answer the question. “I dunno” is NOT an answer.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Iggy it.

      • Pipercat

        Ol’e Jimmy is really bad at shit-disturbing. He is far too busy scraping his shoes from stepping in it, as opposed to, actually disturbing it. Besides, he never met a fallacy he didn’t love….

    • congero

      There can be no question that you’re a right wing neo-conservative bigot vested in defending everything Fox and regurgitating every thing they and Billo the clown says.
      More capable white citizens? The racism just oozes out of you.

      • Jim Bean

        Well, do you know any white liberal who says, “I really don’t have enough wisdom to help the black community with their problems?”

      • congero

        Gargle, rinse and repeat then draw your head from your ass next time before you post more tripe.

      • Pipercat

        Notice how he wont reply to me. Lucchese insertion syndrome does hurt, after all!

      • congero

        This bigot and I have history. This black people can’t think for themselves and we need whites to tell us what to do is stale. He is not here for discussion only to disrupt and when presented with factual rebuttal always retreats to his comfort zone of a Fox/O’reily parrot. Don’t expect much more and be careful of a long dialogue with him as he will flag you in a attempt to get you blocked.

      • Pipercat

        Let him, Thomas will laugh his ass off. I’ve kicked his fallacious ass so many times he knows better than to lock horns.

      • congero

        He is a coward that’s for sure. Good job. He’s had his ass kicked many times. Keep it up!

    • Stephen Barlow

      Somehow iIdon’t believe you mean that Jim. What exactly do you suggest?

      • Jim Bean

        More focus on personal responsibility, less on victimhood and entitlement.

      • congero

        No one has given blacks and people of color anything they haven’t worked or fought for. Personal responsibility is fine but if that’s the answer to everything why do whites who use drugs at a greater rate than blacks and other people of color suffer no long term effects from it? They get arrested less and when they do get rehab. They have greater incomes and better jobs even after arrest.

      • Stephen Barlow

        SHOVE that reality up his nose!!! Make him SMELL the truth!!

      • congero

        He knows the truth but privilege is hard to give up or you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. This bigot is lost but his bs should be countered. Don’t post too long to him as he baits you to flag your comments. I think we are talking about a paid troll.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Let him. Fact check ME! I have nothing to hide. I DO and WILL correct mistakes and retract errors. in FACT, I have only seen one other DO that in a blog, ANYWHERE!!

      • Stephen Barlow

        How WAS Michael Brown ‘PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE’ for his victimization AFTER he was ‘ENTITLED’ to a tax payer funded MURDER?

        I mean other than walking down the street while being BLACK?

  • Stephen Barlow

    In some ways, ISIS has provided us with a humane death penalty. As the jury comes in, the executioner stands behind the defendant. With a gun, syringe or machete, it doesn’t matter. as the foreman reads the verdict, the executioner is ready.

    If not guilty, he retreats. if guilty, the blade severs the head, the bullet ravages the brain or the poison is triple dosed all @ once and the public nature of the immediate execution of cop killers, third offense child molesters or rapists, hate criminal killers, gang killers or serial wife beaters is the BEST advertising and deterrent to the next criminal possible.

    NO languishing on Death Row, no solitary. If you behave like a rabid fog in prison or public, you get put down. your behavior is your responsibility, unless you are genuinely mentally ill, for which there is a very simple cure. or at least a solution the public menace problem part of your illness.