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A Fleeting Moment

Posted on February 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM

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In the President’s State of the Union Address 2015, it was only a fleeting moment that he mentioned crime and incarceration. His statement addressed the issue of citizen unrest because of purported police brutality. In fact he stated, “We may have different takes on the events of Ferguson and New York. But surely we can understand a father who fears his son can’t walk home without being harassed. Surely we can understand the wife who won’t rest until the police officer she married walks through the front door at the end of his shift. Surely we can agree it’s a good thing that for the first time in 40 years, the crime rate and the incarceration rate have come down together, and use that as a starting point for Democrats and Republicans, community leaders and law enforcement, to reform America’s criminal justice system so that it protects and serves us all."

The civil unrest that followed the questionable police procedures that left two young men dead, rather than arrested, has brought a foreboding spirit to every mother of African American sons. Since the result of the Stand Your Ground Law appears to result in persons shooting first and reacting on their phobias without provocation; the advice of reentering society and attempting to become a law-abiding citizen has come under examination. Perhaps the best advice for young men about to be paroled, would be to stay in prison, serve your time and get an education or training to equip you for the future release. After all, at this point in time there is so much unrest on the outside, whatever obstacles are prominent on the inside of the prison walls seem less ominous.


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