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  • Serikali ya Jina: Torvos Simpson
  • Idadi kujiandikisha: 47110-078
  • Umri:35
  • Muda aliwahi:20 miaka
  • Nyumbani Town:Dallas, TX (kwa njia ya Los Angeles, CA)
  • Sentence:MAISHA (kuhukumiwa MAISHA kama vijana)
  • Sasa Mfawidhi:Carjacking
  • Alias:Eleven
  • Kutolewa Tarehe:MAISHA
  • Gerezani Maegemeo:Damu (59 Ukingo)
  • Mzunguko wa Ushawishi: Massacre
  • Taasisi:USP Lewisburg (Maalum Management Unit)
  • Lengo langu kuu, kusudi na ajenda ni kwa namna fulani kupata jamii kushiriki zaidi kwa vijana wa leo na, labda, kupenya mawazo ya vijana wale hekima ya kutosha wa kujua na kutumia taarifa muhimu. Hii inaweza kuwa na athari kubwa juu ambapo wewe kuchagua kutumia mapumziko ya maisha yako.

Misa kufungwa jela: Nini kinaendelea?

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“You must realize what is actually going on before you can effectively deal with it.”
– Ralpha

Now the question is, what exactly is going on in our communities, in our schools, and within the American justice system that has our youth dying and being incarcerated at an alarming rate?

As if the violence stemming from gang-related activity and drug-related incidents is not enough, young black males are also dying at the hands of the very same white police officers assigned to “protect” and patrol their streets and communities. With the recent choking death of Eric Garner we see that these “murders” are not always limited to the young. The fear and hatred consistently demonstrated by these officers have different forms, strategies, and tactics.

I find it disturbing and very hard not to notice on the many prison yards in various states that I’ve encountered that “sisi” as black men are always the overwhelming majority. When you consider the fact that we make up less than thirteen-percent of America’s population, the fact that blacks are the majority of the prison population should be a phenomenon worth investigating; especially once the words of the 13th Amendment are closely considered:

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted shall exist within the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

The 13th Amendment supposedly abolishes slavery in this country. Hata hivyo, the well thought out and careful wording of this deceptive amendment reflects the reality of American mass incarceration and this country’s unjust judicial system and the bias laws that target the black community as well as the issue of sentencing disparities and most importantly why so many of our youth are being targeted by the system, when they are not outright murdered in the streets.

Before we can effectively deal with this problem, we must first come to the realization that the history of this country, no matter how falsely portrayed, will remain focused on its “traditional” views of captivity and capitalism. To all those caught up in the post-Obama era and who seem to think that race and skin color no longer matter in this country: please turn on your local news and take a look around. Nothing has changed but the updating of strategies and tactics to better fit a modern-day, “politically correct” society.

Once the reasons and purpose behind the peoples’ marches and outcries are treated as logical in a country that prides itself on freedom, haki, and equality, hit home and are realized and acted upon, it is my belief that you’ll discover the words of the 13th Amendment to be authentic and relevant.

Effectively dealing with today’s crises of mass incarceration and the devaluation of black lives will take a movement much larger than the small percentage of people who are already the minority. It will require action on behalf of all Americans who believe in the true definition of justice for all. It will most definitely require the education of not only the unconscious but those who are already aware and more involved as well.

We will remain at a standstill if the masses continue to be unaware, divided, and inactive on issues of national concern, not just “nyeusi” au “maskini” people’s issues. The marches will continue, so will the repeated and never-ending cries of no justice, hakuna amani!

  

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