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Texas is Unpredictable as Usual, Far Left and Right Ban Together, and How it all Relates to What Black Lives Matter is Trying to Tell the World.
Recently, increased attention is being paid to social control and the criminal justice system in the United States in ways that have brought the question of law to the kitchen table.
I say this because , for even those of us that want to ignore, or know little about the debate around criminal justice reform , or don't like to “get all political”..., watch the Super Bowl, or MTV , or BET awards, or have heard about Colin Kaepernick's recent protest . In addition to this, this conversation around criminal justice system has also been empowered by technology and social media. Facebook live and Twitter have allowed people to see police brutality like never before, in sometimes shocking and unforgettable ways, -often in real time.
Moreover, this dissent online and by society's most visible people are built from grassroots movements, of people , with an agenda that places emphasis on reforming the criminal justice system. For example, Black Lives Matter has raised consciousness around ideas and systems of inequality and the law a tool of oppression. This focus on law and law enforcement is apparent as the newest BLM Platform online, which revolves around criminal justice reforms, and calls for sweeping legislation at both the state and federal levels. The 10 category solution calls for : an end to Broken Windows policing, community oversight, limiting the use of force, independent investigations, community representation, body cams, increased training, ending for profit policing, demilitarization, and fair police union contracts.
This platform has been supported by multiple activist and legal groups, as well as a large chunk of socially active Sanders supporters rallied by Shaun King. This is especially important for Texans, as Texas is home to the largest prison population in the United States, and we know this is a problem . Where undeniable problems arise, so does unity, sometimes from unlikely sources.. This clearly visible in Texas, as a right/progressive movement toward progressive criminal justice reform in has made major gains. This coalition has led to legislation that has created a drastic reduction of the prison population and the closures of multiple prisons. According to The Texas Observer, progressives will forge another unlikely alliance as, "tea party legislators in 2017 are pushing to ban most arrests for non-jailable Class C misdemeanors”.
Whether current politicians and the Democratic and Republican parties listen or act is to be determined, but what is for sure, a lot of people will know if they don’t.
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