Reflections on James Baldwin: Justice

by | Feb 25, 2021 | Struggle for Democracy | 0 comments

Justice beats its heart when those who have been left out and pushed out exercise their rights and experience the promises of our democracy. We witness how our justice system protects the law. That is why police officers are called law enforcement and not peace officers. We must protect each other in how we administer justice in our courts. No law was written by justice. Laws are written for justice by us.

We find ourselves stuck in cobwebs when some of those who write our laws are also protected by their wealth. Their laws protect the transactions of real estate, taking what we all own and turning it into private property.

It is called a crime when a person with no home is sleeping on a bench that someone else could be sitting on it. Yet, the real crime committed is leaving people in our community jobless and homeless.

Talk to those who have been pushed around and left out by our unforgiving justice system. They will tell you of their lack of security and protection. Those who implement justice for the protected get too much credit. Those who implement justice for the unprotected are doing their job and are doing what is right.

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