Is The Failing Justice System Pushing African Americans Toward Street Justice?

by Raheem Karim
philando castile

Here we go again, another miscarriage of justice. Just a few days ago a Minnesota jury acquitted St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officer Jeronimo Yanez of second-degree manslaughter charges in the shooting of Philando Castile.

African Americans and Americans period have every right to be angry toward the American justice system that keeps failing us time and time again. I am surprised this case made to trial, because so many times they do not.

The Justice System has been failing us for over a century, but over the last four years it has been egregious, starting with the Michael Brown shooting. Police officers lean on the same narrative “I feared for my life,” this statement has been the common theme in almost every case.

African Americans have made their voices heard through various organizations such as “Black Lives Matter” with marches, protests, and boycotts. The results have still been the same because our voices seem to fall on death ears.

Let me be clear I do not condone violence in any fashion, but the Justice System is creating a powder keg that is set to ignite. Have they not learned from the 2014 Ferguson riot, the 1992 LA riot, or the 1967 Detroit riot, there is only so much a group of people can take.

I am not a fan of taking innocent lives but look at the 2016 shooting of Dallas police officers. A young man Micah Xavier Johnson killed five police officers, who was reportedly angry over police shootings of black men and stated that he wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers.

Ask yourself is this what you want, because if we can get justice in the courtroom, some may take it to the street creating a war. This is not the answer to the problem in any shape form. How long is to long is the question that black people have been asking. How long do we have to wait for justice?

Philando Castile’s mom lashed out after the verdict in a video post, saying “Fuck the police.” “Now they got free reign to keep killing us any kind of way they want to. So I just want to say one thing to everybody out there: I don’t give a fuck what you do! Do what your heart desires because that shit wasn’t right!.”

Philando Castile’s Mom Lashes Out After Verdict: ‘F*ck the Police’

This is a powerful statement because black people want to peaceful and hopes the system actually works, but when the results are the same this is the reaction your going to get. Citizens may start acting the way they feel, which can lead to a very dangerous situations.

Americans say we have the best Justice System in the world, but for who? It may not be right, but in the eyes of some black people street justice may be the only answer.

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