Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Since Evil is Colorblind, Why are So Many Minorities in U.S. Prisons?

Does evil discriminate on the basis of race, or national origins or socio-economic status?  Of course not.  It is today and has always been the penultimate equal opportunity, colorblind employer.  But why then are 98% of the inmates in American prisons today,  poor people, blacks and Latinos?  It doesn't take an Einstein to do the math on this one. Either some of the wrong people are in jail or the kinds of evil perpetrated by the more privileged are not criminalized (since they are the ones who make the laws and wear the judges' robes).     

What, then, is the mechanism by which society tolerates such injustice?  The answer to that question just slapped me in the face -- twice.  Former Penn State coach, Jerry Sandusky, continued to sexually abuse black boys for fourteen years after a psychologist had diagnosed him as a pedophile, and reported her findings to law enforcement agencies and Penn State University officials.  These people did nothing.  The state's attorney general, Tom Corbett, who is now the governor of Pennsylvania, did nothing.  Last July, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida with a criminal record, stalked, shot and killed an unarmed black teenager.  Against all evidence to the contrary, the man claimed that it was self-defense and so the jury, from which blacks were excluded, acquitted the man.

Is it any wonder then, that the only criminals filling our jails are the powerless ones?