But Really Its About ‘For The People’
I know I usually do reviews on Thursday, so let me take a moment to say, this is coming out in the middle of the night, before I go to bed, so technically….
Yeah its Friday. So what?
I have been watching a few of the new shows that have come out and I am impressed with the show ‘For The People’, it has hit a couple of big issues, and shows how the justice system has their hands tied as well. I just watched the latest episode, where the judge did not want to sentence this man to the minimum 10 years for the crime he did commit. He had drugs that he was the carrier for, literally the size of a cell phone. He had priors but nothing that had ever landed him in jail.
To make matter worse, someone else another case that he didn’t like the sentencing of, the person was murdered in prison. The judge says himself, “he shouldn’t have been there.” This judge apologized to this guy because his back was against the wall and his legacy would be destroyed because they were coming after his job.
So it makes me think further, when is it time to stand up when you know your job is morally wrong? Should you continue or fight for what you know is correct? I cant imagine being in a situation where I can’t do what I feel is right, maybe thats the activist in me. I feel like thats whats wrong with the US right now, we are to busy doing things by the book, that we are forgetting to have compassion and realize that every case is different. This man did not deserve 10 years in prison, and the judge knew it, the prosecutor knew it, but nothing was done to stop it.
He was still cuffed and taken to prison. The words the judge said won’t do anything for that man when he gets in a situation in prison thats uncomfortable.
I feel like this is extended to the media and what they are portraying in this world. There are millions of black children missing, dying, being abducted but there is nothing on the news, but let a cop kill one of us. Do you see the problem? Brandy Odom is proof of this. Her body was found in a active park in New York. She was beaten, and dismembered and her body was scattered around the park miles apart.
The statistics say that most predators that don’t want to be caught prey on minority women, because they are not blasted on the news. We have come so far, but are we fighting hard for the right things? The media wants us to focus on police brutality but leaving out the most important facts, that not all victims are black. There are just as many white victims of police brutality and murder, the problem is the training has changed from shoot to disarm to shoot to kill. Most police officers don’t go through the training they used to, neither does the Correctional Officers, because there is a shortage. Neither get paid enough, nor do they have enough time to train anymore because they need them in the field.
I wonder how many of the police brutality cases were by newbies with the shorter training, than the seasoned ones. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that racism exists, its in every thing we see in daily life. In how the poor schools that are mostly black or hispanic have no money, no books and no teachers. There are no really background checks so there are pedophiles and criminals teaching the children who go there.
The richer schools, have high technology and duel attendance options. They are given more scholarships and opportunities to make their college application look good. Yeah minorities from bad areas get into colleges like Yale and Princeton, but they work twice as hard as the ones who get in from good schools.
I know this was supposed to be a review, but it has become a word dump of all the things I think need fixing, and to think it all started with a tv show. Which means the show must be pretty freaking awesome, because it made me think of all these things. Watch it! Its pretty dope! If it makes me think beyond the fact that I have blamed only the justice system and not the laws that they are barred to. Something has to change and we have to change it.