Published in BlackCommentator.com, September 15, 2022
Black people have historically equated prosecutors with locking people up, and rightfully so. Prosecutors, district attorneys and circuit attorneys have almost single-handedly contributed to the swell of two million mainly Black people caged in America’s prisons. The handprints of the courts are all over the widening racial disparities of the carceral system.
A 2014 report revealed that of the elected prosecutors, 95 percent were white and nearly 80 percent were white men. The predominantly white, male, conservative top law enforcers play a powerful role in criminal justice with unapologetic and unwavering support for and from police groups. This is an under-estimated fact that has come back to bite us in the butt. Read more