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Jury Reaches the Verdict: We are the Guilty!

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The robber banks who perpetually rob the working class are respected businesses in this country. Bankers or Wall-street ".s who stole billions of dollars of our money last year awarded themselves with millions of bonuses from the bail-out money given to them by our   (?) government. Not a single of those big thieves and robbers has been convicted. We also know that the war criminals who fabricated lies thereby leading the nation to wars that killed hundreds of thousands innocent people are not even charged of any crime let alone being convicted. Through the bloody wars, they made billions of dollars for their friends and themselves. But if you starve from hunger and you are caught of stealing a bagel you will be arrested and put behind bars.

 

The prosecutor included your picture as Evidence number 5. It was your picture taken the night of your arrest. You are now well-groomed and somehow you have a beautiful suit on you. Initially I did not understand the reason why the photo of your face was among the evidences. You were sitting just across us in 3D. There was no question regarding your identity. So, why did the prosecutor print a picture of you on a huge paper? Perhaps this is the biggest picture you have ever had in your life. Well, knowing the modus operandi and the subliminal messages of the capitalistic system that turns us into zombies called consumers, I think I know the answer. The prosecutor perhaps wished us to see you as a homeless person, with messy hair, fazed and rugged face, and unkempt beards. He wanted to alienate you from us. You are a Martian. You are a monster. You are afflicted with poverty. You are the curse of capitalism. You are the black spot that needs to be eliminated, to be hidden behind bars.

 

Dear homeless, we are the guilty. We are the hypocrites. In our ads, in our movies, in our magazines we promote drinking alcohol, one of the most harmful drugs that kills tens of thousands of people each year, yet, we criminalize other drugs.

  

Looking at the demographics of those who are hurled into prisons to become the members of the invisible class, we know for sure that the so-called War on Drugs is in fact war on poor, on black people, and on any country that does not yield to the demands of our corporations. We brag to be the bastion of liberty, yet we have the biggest prison population per capita in the entire world.

 

As jury, we decided to reject to be used by this unjust and diabolic system. So, in the name of those who have not sold their minds and souls to the corporate/government propaganda machine, we apologize to you for the months you spent behind bars.

 

You might be in a small prison, but we Americans are in a bigger and worst prison, the prison of falsehood and delusions, the prison of propaganda and lies. Let's accept the truth so that truth shall free us. It is time to walk away from Omelas.

 

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EDIP YUKSEL, J.D. is a progressive American-Turkish-Kurdish author/philosopher/lawyer/activist (too many hyphens and slashes, I know). His recent English books "Quran: a Reformist Translation", "Manifesto for Islamic Reform", and "NINETEEN: God's (more...)
 
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