It has always been the poor verses the rich in our judicial system, as well as Black prison sentencing verses white. Felicity Huffman and Tanya Mcdowell, both women, committed similar crimes, yet got very different jail time.
In 2016 Tanya Mcdowell, an African-American mom, pleaded guilty to 1 st degree larceny because she sent her child to an out of district school. She was sentenced and served five years of jail time for the alleged crime of stealing an education and drug charges. Seemingly and sadly the drug related charges are what caused the extensive amount of time.
During slavery it was also considered a crime teaching a black child how to read; punishable by beatings, fines or imprisonment. In 2019 the legal system is still doing the same thing. A mother whose home was primarily the streets, committed the crime of providing a quality education for her child and the unwise choice of selling drugs as her hustle.
In Hollywood Felicity Huffman, an actress, payed $15,000 to have her daughters SAT test corrected and approved to attend the school of her dreams. For this crime she was sentenced to 14 days in jail, a $30,000 dollar fine and community service. Her motive was obsession and not believing in the capabilities of her own child.
It seems the Brown vs. the Board of Education never had a deep rooted lasting effect. The quality of our children’s education is still being segregated. Having access to a quality education should never be considered a crime. Yet, many have to cross those illegal lines in order to do so.
The Caucasian actor Steven Collins played a minister and father on the hit show 7th Heaven, was recorded and interviewed publicly admitting to sexual assault of multiple minor girls under the age of 13 and served no time. Bill Cosby, an African American actor of 80 years old, is convicted of sexual crimes with grown women decades ago and is serving three to ten years hard time.
The sentencing project of 2019 reveals mass incarceration has not touched all communities equally, giving insight over the decades between 2001 to 2016. NAACP criminal justice Statistics say African Americans are incarcerated 5 times the rate of whites. The imprisonment rate of African American women is twice that of white women. Minorities including Hispanics made up 32 percent of the U.S. population and a whopping 56 percent of the imprisoned population the year of 2015.
Lastly, the incarceration rate for African Americans with drug charges is almost six times that of whites, yet the use of by both were at similar rates. We as blacks often fail to have the proper representation regarding legal cases, not having someone genuinely fighting with you or for you can be more costly than spending the cash, the bottom line Justice has two sides and they are not equal. The system is rigged and set up to fail us. The enslavement of the plantation no longer exist, it’s been reformed to house us in prisons.
Majority of minorities having lowered self esteem and limited mind sets established from birth, embarking on a journey of mental enslavement to institutionalized captivity. Wouldn’t it be extraordinary if they turned prisons into rehabilitation centers, quality education in all school systems and justice was equal, serving the greater good of all mankind?