The System is Corrupt
“Our communities, our culture, and personal life style have been and continue to be manipulated by a “system” that was established to keep us pacified, intimidated, and oppressed “ these words ring true with my personal first hand experience. (Courtney 141) It is my firm belief that the power of authority corrupts people, leading to inhumane actions that harm those who are helpless.
I had done nothing wrong and yet I found myself staring at the barrel a gun inches away from my face. The worst part was that gun belonged to our own “systems” police force, the same one meant to protect and serve the people.
I went to visit my family’s house and they were having band practice and a bunch of people were over. When we arrived some two girls got in a fight, we broke it up peacefully, and they ran away. About 10 minutes later the cops arrived. I heard that the people in the back yard were throwing stuff at them which caused the cops to tear down our huge metal fence. Afterword’s, they raided our backyard and basement, because that’s where the band had set up, and started kicking everyone out.
I began to ask the officers if they could help us fix the gate. Things were completely calm but a lot of people leaving were tripping over the gate.
They coldly said it wasn’t their job to do that, and that we shouldn’t have thrown stuff at them. I understood why he wouldn’t want to help the people who were throwing stuff at them but I couldn’t understand why he would refuse to help me. Regardless of the fact that they were so cold, I was still being as friendly as possible to prevent any escalation of violence.
Then this cop car abruptly arrives, and out steps an extremely angry cop who just starts pushing anyone he sees out of the back yard. He started pushing my little brother violently out of the backyard and my husband politely said to please don’t push him. Out of nowhere this cop started to arrest my husband while I was still holding his hand. They instantly rip us apart before I even knew what was going on. All of a sudden I’m slammed onto the floor and a cop points a gun in my face, while I’m lying on my back in confusion, with a bunch of other cops surrounding me.
He begins to threaten me and yells, “Your About to get arrested!” I was so shocked I couldn’t feel the pain of my back hitting the pavement, and tears start to pour down my face. Even though they were threatening my life I still had the courage to stand back up and stop my body from shaking in fear. I started asking them, “Why did you arrest an innocent person? He didn’t do anything, so why did you arrest him? You have no right to arrest him if he didn’t do anything.” They all looked at me blankly without giving me an answer because they were confused. They just continued to try ushering me out and they finally let go of my husband.
Their main tactic is intimidation, punishment, and to treat people as animals. We were like cattle to be herded out of our own family’s home. I was a small 115 pound girl, and not breaking any laws, but yet they still went out of their way to treat me as though I deserved to be abused. The prison system is a wealthy modern slave owner’s house in disguise and the police force officers are looking to get in as many new slaves as they can to meet their quotas.
If you don’t arrest enough people you’re fired, so if you can arrest the innocent even better. With the passing of the NDAA cops don’t need a warrant to raid your home anymore, and you can be put in prison without ever going before a trial. Our constitutional rights are being ripped apart so we can be the perfect modern slaves.
This is a critical point in history, and now more than ever” America needs to awaken from its slumber and overturn this oppressive system.” (Tarver 161)It is true what Tarver discusses in his essay. The system profits off prisoners, “slaves”, and we need to do everything we can to have the courage to change this unjust system.