Justice in our country is asked for, shouted for in the streets.
Some of us fail to recognize the accounts of those who need justice. Hardly do high ranking, rich and powerful officials, judges, and policemen live in the anguish of oppression. Yet, their accounts are valued and listened to. Justice is administered swiftly and powerfully on their behalf.
To measure the integrity and respect for the law in this country, listen to the testimony of the unprotected (Baldwin).
The one’s calling for reparations, truth, and healing. Measure the distance that our fathers, brothers, mothers, sisters, and children are to the degrading conditions of poverty and systematic racism. The status quo works to bury the fierce urgency of action through statistics, news articles, and privilege peddling a narrative that cries for justice and power will not be heard.
Shout out and be heard. Bring to the forefront the men, women, and children living with no light in sight. We have the power to hear, to listen, to be witness to accounts of injustice. Only acting on and listening to our people’s stories, our people’s problems, and our people’s hopes will align us on a true path to justice.
Baldwin, James. “No Name in the Street.” New York City, Dial Press, 1972.