Missouri Lt. Governor Accidentally Exposes The Racist Core Of The American ‘Justice’ System

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Whoops! Missouri’s Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder thought he was defending the American justice system but instead, pulled back the thin veneer of neutrality and let us all know who the system really works for:

Kinder said there was “no question” that race was playing a role in what was happening in Ferguson.

“We do not do justice in America in the streets though,” he argued. “We have legal processes that are set in motion, that are designed after centuries of Anglo-American jurisprudence tradition, they’re designed to protect the rights and liberties of everyone involved.”

“That’s one of the great advances of Anglo-American civilization, is that that we do not have politicized trials. We let the justice system work it out.”

“Anglo-American” = “White”. And Kinder is absolutely correct, America’s justice system is based on white ideals and white standards. Or, to look at it from the perspective of someone not lucky enough to be white, America’s justice system is implicitly based on maintaining White Supremacy. This systemic racism is not written in the law books but it’s written in huge blazing neon letters when you look at the results.

What that means is that although blacks make up only 13% of the entire population, they make up almost 1/3 of the entire prison population. When you include Latinos? More than half of all prisoners in America are brown despite making up only about 25% of the general population.

Here’s a few interesting statistics from the NAACP (if you think they’re lying, feel free to provide your own source to prove them wrong. Good luck with that):

  • About 14 million Whites and 2.6 million African Americans report using an illicit drug
  • 5 times as many Whites are using drugs as African Americans, yet African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at 10 times the rate of Whites
  • African Americans represent 12% of the total population of drug users, but 38% of those arrested for drug offenses, and 59% of those in state prison for a drug offense.

And my personal favorite statistic:

  • African Americans serve virtually as much time in prison for a drug offense (58.7 months) as whites do for a violent offense (61.7 months). (Sentencing Project)

So when Kinder says “We have legal processes that are set in motion, that are designed after centuries of Anglo-American jurisprudence tradition” what he is saying, whether he means to or not, is that the system is designed to maintain white supremacy by throwing as many minorities in jail as possible and denying justice for minorities harassed, brutalized or killed at the hands of the police.

 

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