Minorities Must Demand Equal Protection in The Legal Process/+Shaynia Davis Update

Does anyone remember this little angel, whose life was tortuously ended by depraved  murderer Mario Andretti McNeil?shaniya

It was in 2009 5 year old Shaniya Davis was “traded” for drugs, by the her “mother”, Antoinette Davis. I don’t know if I ever heard of a more heinous crime, with so much evidence in my life.
  Yet it took over 3 years to Mario Andretti McNeil to trial & convict him to the death penalty. Ms Davis hasn’t been to trial yet.
Let’s contrast that with the murder of Trayvon Martin. Not only was he killed, but it took the outcry of a community to even get his killer arrested. Somehow though this case has been tried & the murderer acquitted in less than a year.
I contrast these two cases not exploit either victim, but to point out the fundamental fact that minorities in the US, whether victim or perpetrator are handled with a high degree of inequality
I especially wanted to include Shaynia’s case, because there are many who will argue that the exoneration of George Zimmerman wasn’t a racial issue & Trayvon Martin wasn’t racially profiled. But even when you have minority on minority crime involved, the cases aren’t handled equally either.
Our legal system has historically & continues to inequitably serve justice to minority victims. year after year.  Be it a missing person, police brutality,  the disproportionate arrest, incarceration & length of sentences received vs whites, the inequality is undeniable.  When was the last time you heard a Amber Alert for a missing black child? 
More urgent still is the rash of recent legally sanctioned “lynchings” where racists have “turned in their white sheets for police uniforms” (to quote brilliant civil rights activist MalcolmX) & now it’s expanded to community watch” program vigilantes.
               
Just check out this article to see 20 cases besides Trayvon Martin, where an unarmed victim was killed
Emmett Till, Elenor Bumpers, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo,  Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Israel Hernandez have all died, simply for being black & therefore thought “suspicious” and/or”dangerous”, when in reality they were neither.
And just like slavery on plantations where blacks outnumbered whites but were so mentally brutalized they didn’t use the power of their numbers to end their enslavement, when it comes to these blindly obvious cases of racially profiled murders and inequitable incarcerations (see Marissa Alexander case), no one has stepped up in all these years to correct the problem. Even though it could be you, your mother, brother or any relative next, since none of those victims were doing anything warranting the death penalty, no one will step up & say NO MORE!

It took the Civil War to end slavery, a civil rights movement of many leaders including Dr. King and MalcolmX to end Jim Crow.  What will it take to put an end to these racially profiled killings? What are you doing about it? Ask yourself, are you playing the happy slave role?

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