The post below is both fortunately about something that happened that usually doesn't. It is also about what usually does and the good that did happen should have never had to happen...and even the fact that the outcome was better than usual doesn't excuse what one young man had to go through.
Are you confused?
This is the story of Jerry who made the mistake of riding his bike on the sidewalk and ended up in jail. The good news is Jerry had a community that rallied around him, raised his bond money, and got him out to fight the bogus charges. The bad news is 1) Jerry got arrested, 2) Jerry had to sit in jail, 3) Jerry has to go to court, 4) people had to pay to give him his freedom back.
There is more bad news, of course.
Most Jerrys out there don't have this sort of immediate support, don't get out of jail, and plead guilty because they have no choice.
Those Jerrys, of course, are black kids and young black men.
The place this time is Chicago.
The place is everywhere, USA.
That this stuff goes on is bullshit. It is a blatant example of the white supremacist society that so many call America.
There is no reason to think this crap will ever stop until WE stop it...
The following post for Prison Friday is from Prison Culture and is merely a day in the life of millions African Americans living in the USA.