február 16, 2017, President Trump gave an electrifying condemnation of the media at large. It was outrageous, viszont, mi több felháborító, to this 43 year old black man doing LIFE in prison for a non-violent drug offense, was that Trump stated he would love to speak with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and Rep. Elijah Cummings about the problems of the “inner city”. According to Trump neither Cummings or the CBC reached out to him about it. Trump accused the CBC and Rep. Cummings of playing politics, as he assumed it would look bad for them if they spoke with him. “Look bad”?
Apoplectic is the closest word I could use to explain my shock. If this is true, I fear that once again congressional plenipotentiaries of the “inner city” continue to recklessly play politics with young black lives. It is hard to believe that the CBC or Rep. Cummings is blind to President Trump’s open declaration of “War on Crime” targeted at the “inner city problem”. I am sure they know Attorney General Jeff Sessions has given unwavering support to law enforcement and threatens to be “efficient” in prosecuting crime in the inner city on a “historical level”. (See Jeff Sessions Senate
Confirmation Transcripts). I am sure they understand that this same ideology has contributed to the continued decimation of the minority community for decades.
Tavaly, I vigorously debated Ms. Julia Stewart of Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) when she took sole credit for sentencing reform over the past decades, while condemning the CBC for playing politics on sentencing issues. Was I wrong?
There is a profound reluctance among minorities to trust law enforcement, judicial officials, “fekete” politicians and “fekete” civil rights groups. A “Inner City Problem”- code word for young black men- understands that a “war” has been purchased against them. I fear young black lives will be lost at no expense, families will be destroyed, and the cycle will continue. This will lend voice and finance, giving the adjutants of the ‘minority community agenda’ a chance to play politics again; a
gain control of a Congress whose agenda never includes the actual resolution of the “Inner City Problem”.
Eric Van Buren
Author, The Art of Winning Litigation