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Mumia Abu-Jamal

A two-tiered justice system?

As soon as the latest charges against former U.S. President Donald Trump were announced, Trumpist acolytes began making claims about a two-tiered justice system ostensibly against Republicans. Such a claim can only be made by those who are blind, deaf, or dumb. They seemingly are blind to the many Black and Browns, who have peopled the phenomenon known as mass incarceration for at least a half a century, under the auspices of the war on drugs. They are deaf to the cries of the millions of families who have suffered the human costs of mass incarceration. And they are dumb to the many who suffered from solitary confinement that left them mentally ill from what the United Nations Special Rapporteur on international human rights and torture, Juan Mendez, call torture. If these quasi-fascists had talked about a three-tiered justice system, that would be one thing. That’s because they ignored the immense suffering of generations. For indeed, they knew a two-tiered system already existed, but they chose to ignore it. They cry alligator tears for the wealthy or the class they serve. They could care less about the poor. And those Frantz Fanon called The Wretched of the Earth.

With love, not phear, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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