“I may be old, I may be poor, I may be black, but I’m here. I’m here because I’ve got this vision of justice that compels me to be a witness. I’m here because I’m supposed to be here. I’m here because you can’t keep me away.”
― Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
I think “Just Mercy,” Bryan Stevenson’s book about the racism, prejudice and injustice in the U.S. judicial system is a stand against the routine miscarriages of justice that have endured for decades, probably even centuries now towards black Americans, and other minorities in lower social status.
This book is stand for renewed civil rights for those Americans, who are guaranteed those rights but routinely oppressed by the law and law enforcement. We the people, need to stand with those who are being oppressed and demand changes in the judicial system. Hearing more about the complete lack of justice and ignoring the rights of those minorities, to me, it feels like states with continued rampant racism persisting in this day and age are completely un-American. That type of behavior is shameful and alarming, especially from community leaders such as judges, law enforcement, and district attorneys.
Books such as “Just Mercy” that goes on to be made into movies, present necessary visibility to these issues and the people need to be informed and take a stand against these overt abuses. We need to take a stand and hold people accountability for these persistent actions.