Criminal Justice

Black Father

Black Father In The Age Of Trump

Black Father In The Age Of Trump I Have A Beautiful Black Daughter I am a black father of an intelligent and beautiful six-year old daughter. She is a decent child, curious about the world and operates within it with an innate set of core values of how the world should be. She is charitable in ways that far surpass my wife and I. She is a six-year old child who just learned about money and is continuing to ask questions to deepen her understanding of currency. How money is used, the different dominations, what you can and cannot do with it. She is a six-year old child who has slightly better impulse control than most other six-year olds, but still has urges to pick things up in the store. Last Tuesday she put something into the shopping cart without my permission or authorization. When we were checking out of the store she grabbed a Snickers bar. I saw her and I explained to her that we were going to get sushi and that we might get some candy after our lunch. I always watch my daughter when we are in stores. I focus my gaze uniquely on her, not because I understand the impulse control of a child, but I know the ramifications of her taking a babble or nicknack or piece of candy without paying for it. My Mom And Dad Raised Me To Be Afraid, Like They Were. This is what it means to be the son… Read More »Black Father In The Age Of Trump

Mind Blown

A Couple Mind Blowers

A Couple Mind Blowers In 1982 President Regan declared the “War on Drugs” however at this time only 2% of the American population thought drugs were a problem. Fast-Forward to 1986 and we have a new drug on the scene called Crack. The nightly news shows burnt out cities with black men getting arrested, doing perp walks, for crack. Reagan now starts bribing police departments with grants and military hardware. We now have the rise of SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams.These teams were designed for hostage rescues, but are instead used to serve no-knock warrants. It some jurisdictions the use of SWAT teams went from 2 times a year to over 392 uses of them. All to stop the spread of crack. 95% of all Americans when told to imagine a drug dealer between in the 90s they thought of young black male. Now here comes the mind-blower: more white people as a number and a percentage than blacks due and more white people sell crack as a percentage and as a whole. See The New Jim Crow for more information on this subject. Now, as a black man, learning this blew my mind. However, was this in some obscure blog, or a journal, or a crap website? No, this was actual data that was presented in a United States Supreme Court case that the SCOTUS agreed was actually true and correct. The case is Armstrong v. United States of America. Yet, because of the sentencing differences between crack… Read More »A Couple Mind Blowers