Maafa M. Muhammad,

Author Of 20 Years Later “Redemption"

Contributing Blogger For Unheard_Voices19 on Instagram.

“Its like when you go to the dentist and the man is gon to take your tooth, you gon fight 'em when he starts pulling...(Until he) squirts some stuff in your jaw called Novocaine to make you think that they're not doing anything to you. So you sit there, (and of course) you got all that Novocaine in your jaw, you suffer peacefully." -Malcolm X

Criminal trials in America are opened to the public for the purpose of fairness. The will of the people is represented by the attendance of the local citizens carefully reviewing the legal process. Every witness has the right to speak out against injustices. Mass incarceration has been ordained by our silence as judges have illegally sanctioned black defendants to disproportionate sentences without protest.

Philadelphia has appointed a District Attorney who has the local population's best interest at heart. The same must be done for Pittsburgh. Before we sit in on trials, research the actual rule of law on you smart phones to arm yourselves with a proper understanding of what is supposed to happen. Allowing judges to operate without an immediate check because we fail to participate in our civic duty of observing criminal trails is to continue to remain numb to our pain while the man takes your loved one away.

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