Houston Forward Times

17 December 2013 Written by  Jeffrey L. Boney


Lady-Justice-frankfurtLady Justice is supposed to be the symbol of justice in America.

 Lady Justice, of course, is based on the Roman goddess of justice named Justitia, who is equipped with three symbols of justice: the double-edged sword symbolizing the court’s coercive power and the power of reason and justice, which may be wielded either for or against any party; scales representing an objective standard by which competing claims are weighed; and a blindfold indicating that justice is, or should be handed out objectively, without fear or favor, regardless of identity, money, power, or weakness.

The problem that I, and many others, have with the way Lady Justice is viewed in this country is that Black people are not treated fairly and equitably.  If Lady Justice was truly viewed the same as intended, I can promise you that we would not hear the same complaints and concerns that we hear from Black people over and over again.  

Black people are constantly getting indicted and arrested on various issues and allegations, while we hear stories about and witness White people walk free for doing the same things.

How fair is that?

Racial profiling, stop-and-frisk tactics and ‘driving while Black’ continue to be the Achilles heel for Black people in this country and it has become even more prevalent than ever before. 

Again I ask, how fair is that?

Mandatory minimum sentencing significantly impacts Black young men and women more than any other cultural group in the United States and the jail system has been the primary beneficiaries of a fake “War on Drugs” and other unjust laws on the books. 

Once again I ask, how fair is that?

Trayvon Martin went to the store to buy a pack of Skittles and an iced tea and was racially profiled, followed, attacked and brutally murdered by a neighborhood vigilante who was acquitted after all the evidence showed that he was guilty.

Are you tired of me asking you, how fair is that yet?

And don’t worry, I didn’t forget to mention how here in Texas, Judge Jean Boyd gave 16-year old Ethan Couch 10 years of probation for driving drunk with three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system and killing four people.  Couch also stole the alcohol he consumed from the store and ended up paralyzing one of his friends in the process.

The tripped out part is that the judge bought this lame psychological theory that Couch suffered from “Affluenza,” a condition in which his wealth and privilege kept  him from understanding the consequences of his actions.  

This is such B.S. and I am honestly getting pissed off an upset as a write this.

Can Black people go to court and claim that they are suffering from “Brokenza,” in order to explain why they committed their criminal act? 

Can Black people provide an excuse or reason to avoid being thrown in jail for God knows how many years, like the one Couch used and the judge bought?  

You know the answer to that………..Hell no we can’t!

Not only did the judge give the boy no prison time and 10 years of probation, she ordered him to be sent to a nearly $500,000 a year rehab facility for the rich, in order to get better.

Listen, I would rather be in America than any other country, especially North Korea.  And while the justice system in America may be the best in the world, Black people simply want to be a part of an American legal and justice system where they don’t have to continue to ask the question, “How fair is that?”

President Lyndon B. Johnson once said, “Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men’s skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.”

Lady Justice is supposed to be symbolic of an America that should be blind of bias and persuasion. She is to represent an America where it doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like, what race you are, if you are rich or poor, justice does not see that. She is to represent an America where justice is equal to all.

Unfortunately, black people have historically and statistically been on the receiving end of a brand of justice that isn’t blind at all as it relates to their color or status.

Even when Black folks commit criminal acts, we should be treated equally at every stage of the criminal justice system.

The justice system is currently and has historically been set up for us to fail and fall victim to it. 

We must wake up and get involved in helping reverse the trend of injustice and putting the right people in place to do what’s best for Black people.

Jeffrey L. Boney serves as Associate Editor and is an award-winning journalist for the Houston Forward Times newspaper.  Jeffrey is a Next Generation Project Fellow, dynamic, international speaker, experienced entrepreneur, business development strategist and Founder/CEO of the Texas Business Alliance.  If you would like to request Jeffrey as a speaker, you can reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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