Sep. 11th, 2012

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I heard about a friend of an acquaintance recently, who was accused of a crime committed on 9/11/2011. He looked nothing like the perpetrator (he had a beard, the other guy didn't), who was photographed driving the accused's truck; he was, however, convicted and jailed. My acquaintance explained that the 10th anniversary thing was brought up and used against him: exacerbating the everyday discrimination against brown-skinned people accused of crimes. That's hearsay, of course, but based on what I've read about trials in the past and what I know about the trial of CeCe MacDonald, it is highly plausible.

I'll leave two links here for your consideration, and ask that you read at least the first one and reflect on it; perhaps you could find an article you connect to, and pass that on to your friends. The first is a poem by a friend of mine, on being brown in a post 9/11 world. When he was ten on 9/11/2001, a white classmate asked him why "his people" did this to "ours". The second is a partly satirical article by another friend, about the ridiculousness of blaming a whole people for the actions of some who look like them. Called On Behalf of all White People, I'm Sorry.

Every day is a good day to raise awareness about suspicion and criminalization of people of color, and their mistreatment in court. But especially today, especially Americans.

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