Monday, May 4, 2015

JUSTICE?




White Justice, Black Justice, Social Justice, Police Justice, Constitutional Justice, or Lynch Mob Justice; which do we mean when we speak of “Justice”?

I raise this question because of the destructive mob actions in Baltimore and (Lawrence don't look for Lawrence,  I of course was referring tp Ferguson) . Those protest started out as demonstrations against what seems very apparent at least in the case of Baltimore a gross abuse of police power that ended in the death of a black man.

In both cases they turned into an opportunistic excuse by a small hard core group perhaps foreign to the local population concerned, to pillage, burn, and destroy public and private party property.

But what is “Justice”? The best definition I could find is; “the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

That is the “Constitutional Justice” which is the basis of our society’s freedom. It is true that it is not always right in its determination, but by deciding that “justice” only meaning is punishment of those we feel have wronged us. Therefore creating violent and destructive protests when the result is not that we want, is an attack on the people of this country.

Our problem is compounded by the fact that there is undeniably focusing on Black males disproportionate with their percentage in society. The targeting is also disproportionate with criminal rates among black and their white peers.

There are many valid reasons for this statistic among which are economic factors such as job availability and income levels, as well as educational disparity. These are Society problems which must be and can be corrected. That will take efforts and willingness of all ethnic groups at all levels of government and on educational boards to do so. We need people in those positions that are interested in society not their own agendas.

Yes there has been ‘White Justice”, but that was mostly in the past. There are legal modalities in place today that must be and are being used to correct “Injustices”. Once again violent reaction when the outcome of Civil Rights Related actions are not what we want; there is no excuse for violence. That can be considered “Lynch Mob Justice”.

Too often what can be labeled “Black Justice” is not acceptance of “Constitutional Justice” but a form of ‘Lynch Mob Justice”. A Lynch Mob philosophy leads to the riots we have seen.

The problem that has arisen is solely the result of “Police Justice” which has to be strongly addressed. It is not just white against defenseless blacks, but too often as in Baltimore not a racial issue but a brute display of uncontrolled power. In fact this  is not "Justice" but a blatant abuse of power that would have  been acceptable in Hitler's Germany or the Soviet Union ad is today common  in all dictator ruled countries, It is our duty to eliminate such abuse.

In Baltimore 3 of the 6 police officers indicted are African-Americans. The one charged with Second Degree Homicide is black! His immediate superior officer is black! There is obviously a police culture that results in these tragedies.

The use of body cameras may change some perceptions of what has happened. That should be encouraged. Most important is the education of the police personnel. Also equally important is the relationship between the targeted society with the police. That needs working with on both sides.

This is a subject that none of us have the “right answer”, but should be openly and unbiasedly discussed. I welcome your comments.

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