Land for the Free: A Flawed Justice system

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Historically there is no doubt that the United States justice system is flawed. The same lawmakers who freed themselves from the hands of Britain turned around and belittle mankind based off of skin color. It is very hypocritical that Americans demanded freedom from the British, nonetheless enslaved people for over three hundred years. The United States justice system continues to fail its people, it is continued for too long and it is now the time for change. A change in the way suspects are charged, the laws that may be used in defending the charges, the pattern in judging by judges and the jury selection. In the United States, specifically in the 1950s there was a clear division in the way of life between the North and South. Blacks in the North did not experience the severe treatment of segregations compared to that of those in the South. So when Mamie Till allowed her fourteen year old son to travel down South to spend time with his family, she did not expect that four days before her son was suppose to return to Chicago she would be reading newspapers of his death, murder. The vicious murder of Emmett Till hurt the souls of mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, cousins and grandparents no matter your race. The brutal murder of Emmett Till caused the nation, except Mississippi, to go into mourning. Mamie Till had sent her son on a South bound train from Chicago, on August 20, 1955 for a two-week stay with family in Mississippi. On the 24th of 1955, Till, his cousins and some friends went to Bryant's Grocery & Meat Market in Money (Mays). After Till paid for his candy he left the store with a friend who had came back in after a few minutes. They continued to linger outside of the store and as Bryant walked out o... ... middle of paper ... This time Blacks are slaves behind bars instead. Works Cited Anderson, Elijah. "Emmett and Trayvon." The Washington Monthly. N.p., 1 Feb. 2013. Web. 1 Mar. 2014. Baker, Courtney. "Emmett Till, Justice, And The Task Of Recognition." Journal Of American Culture 29.2 (2006): 111-124. Literary Reference Center. Web. 1 Apr. 2014. Baxley, Dennis. "Statutes & Constitution :View Statutes : Online Sunshine." Statutes & Constitution :View Statutes : Online Sunshine. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Mar. 2014. Mays, E. J. "Till Case Trial Opens Sept. 19." The Chicago Defender (National edition) (1921-1967): 1. Sep 17 1955. ProQuest. Web. 1 Apr. 2014. "Timeline: The Murder of Emmett Till." PBS. PBS, 2009. Web. 1 Mar. 2014. "Trayvon Martin Shooting Prompts Public Debate on Police Conduct: Overview." The American Mosaic: The African American Experience. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 1 Mar. 2014.
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