Imagine a World
Imagine being an American woman with Puerto Rican roots whose rights and freedoms are based on the ideals of old white men slave owners. Imagine that those very same rights and freedoms that were written without my brown and black brothers and sisters in mind would then be enforced by law. Imagine that those same rights and freedoms would be transformed into judicial precedents that tell me what I’m allowed to do with my body. Imagine that these laws would then evolve into racial criminalization leading to mass incarceration by way of over-policing black and brown communities. Pretty wild to imagine right? The thing is, we don’t have to imagine it. It’s our 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲.
There have been so many different conversations being had. People learning new concepts that aren’t new at all, people struggling to accept the harmful constructs of our society, people fighting with their own racial biases within themselves, and the list goes on.
One perspective I want you to think about today is this: As women, as black people, as indigenous people, as people of color, how can we feel confident in the protection of our constitutional rights when those rights were not originally written with our best interest in mind? More so, how can we feel protected by the enforcement of those laws that never were written to protect us from the beginning?
You see, the issues finally being heard are not political. We have a structural problem in the very fabric of our constitution and nationwide policies, therefore those enforcing the law and protecting our rights and freedoms are bound to be flawed because our rights and protections were never included in the original policy conversations to begin with.
Our work isn’t over until full reform happens. It’s not just defunding as a solution. We need reform and restructure from county to state to federal policies that include 𝐔𝐒 in the conversation.
I encourage you to 𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐃 more, 𝐋𝐄𝐀𝐑𝐍 more, and 𝐀𝐒𝐊 more questions. We need to build a better world and that only happens when we understand the past and how we got to where we are today.