The American Detainee
By Demond A. Jackson
In the past month of so, I’ve watch up close and personal the effect of Trump’s Zero tolerance on immigration. I’ve watch the federal institution I’ve been housed at flip from one thousand federal inmates to one thousand detainee’s and four hundred federal inmates over night. I’ve watch marches and protest around the prison for the release of the detainee’s, legislation past, court rulings handed down requiring detainee’s and their kids be reunited. I’ve seen a diverse public out cry like none I’ve ever seen before highlighting the injustice of Trumps new policy on immigration to the point that it made me ask myself… Aren’t I a detainee as well?
Aren’t I a victim of zero tolerance drug laws for a non-violent drug offense. I’ve never saw American’s of any race protest or march about he draconian drug laws that have victimized defendant, separated them from their children and detained thousands for decades and the rest of their natural life.
I’ve saw injustice in prison, I seen men die at the hand of corrupt correctional officers and never once did I see organization protest in front of a prison. I’ve watch men contact organization like the NAACP about racism and the unjust treatment of African American men and get no response.
I’m a born and raised American Detainee who’s been incarcerated for close to two decades now and I’m still fighting for justice that has be clearly stated by every legal forum in this country…but I’m still in prison. Yet I have watched detainee’s from other countries find more support, get more legislated in 30 days than “We the people” have been able to do for our on citizens in 30 years.
Recently Kim Kardashian, help a woman get a pardon from President Trump. Have you notice that no one has seen this woman’s face or see her in a interview personally. I’ve watched video’s of detainee’s speak about their treatment and how they feel about America’s immigration laws. Yet no one has come to speak to me about our drug policies and how I feel about being detained for twenty years. I was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles Gang Capital of America!
We have MS 13 in Los Angeles, yet our legislators have never taken in consideration how the gang cultural in my city has effected my choices and social conditions when it comes to granting me Amnesty i.e., a pardon for the crime I’ve committed.
As an American detainee… I want “We the people” “Social media” and the American News forums across the board to see how we need to address all the injustice in this country. Our country has had un balanced scale of justice sense slavery.
African American’s you need to pay attention how Mexican American’s have United and band together over night to correct the injustice taking place to their people. While most of you act like none of the injustice effecting American detainee’s has nothing to do with you or your voice isn’t going to make any difference.
A Spanish woman in New York won the congressional primary when most thought she didn’t have a chance in hell. But she stepped up her people supported her she geared to be the one of the next senators of New York…and she did this by speaking for the people about issues concerning all minorities.
The purpose of this post is to make those of you aware of how most of you aren’t stepping up, playing your part in this fight for justice. Yet you complain and expect more for your children or grand children then you have made an effort to insure they have.
While the world shows you a people who travel to no end, die for the freedoms and liberties in a country your ancestors built for free, a right your were born with, a right your ancestors suffered and died for. As an Detainee is to much to ask for some justice? Is it to much to ask that my people, my fellow citizens lift every voice to correct the atrocities imposed upon me?
I don’t think so, my love one pay taxes…my ancestors died in the fields helping build the wealth of this country, my forefather’s fought in the Wars to protect the constitution and maintain the vision of the founders of this country. If you never do anything worth doing in this life just simply because it was the right thing to do. Please stand up for the thousand of American detainee’s like me who have been separated from their children for decades.
May God bless you and these words that they move mountains and your soul beyond measure.