Welcome to our world

Today, I read about the case of Edward Young out of Tennessee.  His story isn’t unlike many that I’ve heard of or personally witnessed before.  In his younger years, he racked up a few convictions of burglary at a young age.  At a point in his life, he decided to get his act together.  He got married, had kids, and raised a family with no issues at all.  Later in life, he slipped up and got involved with a burglary.  The police searched his home and found stolen items from that burglary.  In addition, they found shotgun shells.  Since he’s a convicted felon, he is barred by federal law from possessing guns or ammunition.  As a result of having those shotgun shells in his possession, he ended up on the losing end of a mandatory 15 year sentence behind bars.

Here’s where the story get’s interesting to me.  For decades, there have been groups railing against mandatory sentencing and how it affects people.  It’s been long documented how the disparities in mandatory sentencing for crack cocaine vs powder cocaine negatively affected the Black American community.  No matter how many people were sentenced under those laws, you didn’t see much of an effort to end those sentencing guidelines outside the affected community.  Most of America basically had a “tough sh*t” attitude about this or really didn’t give a rat’s ass anyway.  However, in Mr. Young’s case, you can find all kinds of sympathy articles over the internet about how the legal system has done him injustice and how the mandatory sentencing laws need to be re-evaluated or done away with.

My question is, where in the hell were those people when Blacks were getting locked up in massive numbers over the past few decades?  When a Black kid got caught up and sentenced for drug possession just because he happened to be in the vicinity of people who were in possession of drugs, where were they to argue on behalf of that kid?  It’s sad that one group elicits little to no sympathy regardless of the facts of the matter while someone else in the same predicament gets the complete opposite response.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Mr. Young should have to face a 15 year sentence based on the information that’s been released about his crimes.  That said, he got caught after committing a crime.  If we’re truly a nation of laws, then he should have to face the same effed up laws that others have to face.  If you want sympathy, you’ll have to look in a dictionary between sh*t and syphilis because I don’t have it today.  Mr. Young, “Welcome to our world!”

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