Lady Justice is based on Justitia, the Roman goddess of justice, 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.
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.
The Houston Forward Times ran an exclusive story in March, “Vigilante Madness in Pearland......Not Just IN Sanford, Not just Trayvon Martin!”, that rocked the nation on the heels of the Trayvon Martin situation. In the story, HFT highlighted a story that concerned two 13-year old black teenagers that were assaulted by a white middle-aged female in their neighborhood in Pearland, Texas.
The police chose not to make an arrest on the scene and the DA’s office chose not to charge Deanna Johnson with any crime, but rather chose to send it to a grand jury. After six weeks of testimony, the Brazoria County grand jury ruled on May 4 that no criminal charges would be filed related to the March 13 collision.
Two versions of what happened were considered by the grand jury. The families of the two teenagers claimed the boys were seriously injured after neighborhood-resident Deanna Johnson drove off the road and crashed her jeep into the go-cart. Johnson claimed she drove off the road to try and stop the boys who swerved and slid the go-cart into her parked car.
An attorney for the family of Jules Moor, one of the teens riding in the go-cart issued a statement to HFT stating:
“This is a sad day for the Moor family, the City of Pearland, Brazoria County, Texas, and the State of Texas. Today, a Brazoria County grand jury, by refusing to bring criminal assault charges against Deanna Gibson Johnson, has said that certain people, in their neighborhoods in Pearland, Texas, can take the law into their own hands and run over and assault children they do not know,” wrote attorney Sylvester Anderson
Anderson goes on to say:
“The Texas criminal justice system has failed these two children. Deanna Gibson Johnson was never arrested and was not even given a traffic citation. She never apologized for causing the crash and has never asked about the boys’ injuries. Two lawsuits have been filed against Mrs. Johnson in the civil district courts of Brazoria County and we, and the parents of the other 13-year old boy, will seek justice and accountability there. When children are attacked and not safe in their own neighborhood, and when the law appears to be against them and not applied fairly or equally, we must show our children, as parents, adults, and citizens, that we will fight mightily to protect them, to change the law, if necessary, and to make sure that those entrusted with law enforcement actually enforce the law.”
Civil lawsuits have been filed by the families of both teenagers against Johnson seeking damages for injuries allegedly related to the incident.
Johnson, the alleged assailant, released this statement:
“There was no reason for me to be concerned about any injuries to the teenagers,” said Johnson. “They were wearing harness seatbelts, motorcycle helmets and did not show any signs of injury.”
In other words, Johnson felt that it was her duty to take the law into her own hands by jumping a curb, hitting the go-cart of two helpless 13-year old black children, in order to keep the peace in the neighborhood and keeping them in line by “detaining” them.
Because the children were not seriously hurt, in her estimation and are not dead, does not make her actions justifiable. This is the same mindset that George Zimmerman had and why Trayvon Martin is dead today. Zimmerman, as the neighborhood watchman, took it upon himself to take matters into his own hands.
If Lady Justice was truly fair and equitable to black people, we would not hear the same complaints and concerns over and over again.
Black people getting indicted and arrested off of allegations, while white people walk free for the same thing is a problem. How fair is that?
Racial profiling and ‘driving while black’ continue to plague black people like never before. How fair is that?
Mandatory minimum sentencing unfairly impacts black people more than any other group of people. How fair is that?
Robbie Tolan and his family trusted in the justice system and it failed them. Not only did it fail them, the Tolan family had to pay the legal bills of the man that nearly killed their son. How fair is that?
The mother of Emmitt Till saw the justice system allow two murderers to walk free when all of the evidence pointed towards their guilt. How fair is that?
The justice system in America is still 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, “HOW FAIR IS THAT?”