We hear it commonly said of illegal immigrants, “They broke the law. We are a nation of laws.” Oh yeah? The last time I checked, fraud, money laundering, bribery, corruption, and larceny were breaking the law. How about we wait to deport these undocumented taxpayers, business owners, and people who raise and pick our vegetables, care for our children, and clean our houses, until the following are behind bars: The CEO’s of the pharmaceutical giants who committed many of the above crimes, including public endangerment with dangerous drugs, but got off with multimillion dollar settlements (small change, just the cost of doing business)?
See Dr. Peter Gotzche’s book Deadly Medicine and Organized Crime. And what about the big banks’ CEO’s that brought the economy to its knees in 2008 by fraudulent practices but were never charged with crimes? Until they are brought to justice, maybe while we are at it, why don’t we just release from prison the young black men who are in for smoking marijuana (while many more white smokers were never arrested)?
If you are white, wealthy, and well connected, justice can be tempered with mercy, flexibility, and leniency. Far too often, if you are black, poor, “out of the loop,” or “not a member of the club,” you get the letter of the law fully enforced.
Our justice system needs a little work done on it so we can have a little more respect for the law.
Editor's Note: A version of this letter originally appeared in the February 8th edition of Louisa County's paper of record, the Central Virginian, and has been re-posted on this blog with the author's permission.