Tisdale’s Topics:Where’s the real justice?

Reprint: August 17-23, 2000

If it was possible for racial conditions to get worse in Mississippi, there is little doubt that they would be.They state is confronted by rampant racial violence on the one hand and on the other, the summering privatization of the justice system that amounts to virtual slavery.Of the 19,000 prisoners in Mississippi jails, fully 80 percent are African Americans whose trials were farces of the most primitive kind. In most instances, their lawyers simply forced the indigent black prisoners to plead guilty, whether they wanted to or not. Moreover, black prisoners face the further indignity of patently unconstitutional searches and seizures and untimely delays in trials. In one case with which we are familiar, a mentally deranged black 16 year old youth was selectively sent to a psychiatrist who ruled that the indignant black youth was competent to stand trial.A telling point was that the youth had previously been judged incompetent.Some black lawyers are convinced that the justice system is the latest form of slavery. Not only is prison for black youth profitable to the prison builders but this is a method for the rich to get richer at the expense of the poor.Moreover, the methodology of extracting as much as possible from the poorest of the poor, verifies the old edict first pointed out by Karl Marx, that capitalism carries within it the seeds of its own destruction.It is imperative that the ultimate victims of this capitalistic cataclysm don’t all be poor and black!