by Gloria Dulan-Wilson
Again we hear of prison brutality and inhumanity in regards to brother Mumia Abu Jamal. I have to wonder, if they’re this negligent to a brother who is publicly respected, revered and widely known, what kind of treatment are those, who are less well known, receiving? It appears there should be some concerns about Mumia AND brothers who are incarcerated in the prison-military-industrial-complex across the country. It’s been revealed that the US has the highest number of its own citizens incarcerated for minor infractions across the country – predominantly African American males, followed by Latinos in number – for nonviolent infractions of the law.
Additionally, there are a goodly number who are there not because they’re guilty, but because the perpetrator got away and the law enforcement is trying to save face and push the guilt onto the next person instead of admitting the real perpetrator is still at large – or sitting back watching the whole scene with amusement.
Or there’s a grudge and no one wants to let it go.
Of course we know the most egregious is that the courts and judges benefit from private prisons who pay for every person who is incarcerated. They’re making millions off of our misery – nothing new – they’ve been doing it for centuries – but it is time to put a stop to it – immediately if not sooner. With all these pardonings going on – the main person who should be pardoned is MUMIA ABU JAMAL – like yesterday. This is all just a sham. It was from the day he was arrested. It’s just that the police dept. has made him their iconic whipping boy, and love to see Black folks twist in the wind. Black folks know it – and I daresay there are quite a few whites who know it as well.
But inhumane treatment in the face of illness, at the hands of medical professionals in unconscionable and definitely should not be tolerated – because over and above anything the prisons may be about, their Hippocratic Oath – Do Ye No Harm – holds them to a higher standard. They are bound to heal him and care for him, regardless of what the warden, the police department, the judicial system say or do – and if they can’t, or won’t then they need to lose their licenses, step down and allow those who value the profession to do their jobs.
Stay Blessed &
bullet Columnist Gloria Dulan-Wilson Is a veteran New York City Journalist. Her experiences, perspective & sense of history are an invaluable combination. “check out my blog:” www.gloria-dulan-wilson.blogspot.com