By: Stacey Manning
Lynching: to EXECUTE without due process of law.
Thousands of black people meaning men, women and children have been lynched in
the USA since the first African set foot on US soil. It will continue until the last one
Lynching is still here and alive. It takes on different forms. I’m sure everyone is
familiar with Lynch Law: The punishment of persons suspected of crime without
due process of law. This form of justice was brought about by one William Lynch.
You also have social and familial lynching: The death of all or a vast majority of
social and familial connections, thereby causing the slow culture breakdown of
families, which lead to mentally premature young men and women committing
horrible crimes and unspeakable acts due to a lack of guidance.
This lack of guidance in most cases was caused by judicial lynching, which is the
giving out of harsh sentences for crimes that don’t warrant the type of sentence
given out. This type of lynching only affects blacks, Latinos and poor whites here in
This leads to mass incarceration which can be, and is, a financial boon for whichever
poor rural area a prison is built in and the companies that supply this prison with
subpar high-priced snacks and other things to sell to inmates whose family struggles
hard to purchase them for the inmate. The prisons also supply jobs and contribute
to the local economy by prison employees shopping in stores that are close to the
prison. They also support other activities that occur in communities where prisons
are built. While this is a good for those communities, mass incarceration hurts more
people than it helps. Laws need to be made to slow down mass incarceration. It will
never be stopped so just slow it. Start by electing new lawmakers. The old ones can’t
or won’t do it. If your loved one lies or cheats on you, it hurts you. Sometimes you
divorce or never trust them again. Why not do the same with politicians? Just like
politicians of the past thought lynching was the solution for all crime, real and
perceived (Emmett Till, for example) politicians today think mass incarceration is
the answer and that’s why I know that mass incarceration is a form of lynching.
Just as you are taken from your family and friends when you are lynched it’s the
same way when you are taken from your family and friends and things you love and
hold dear and given a sentence of life without parole. You have been socially lynched
and are socially dead, deemed no longer fit for society be you guilty or innocent.
People who were lynched in the past had no voices or help. Today we do, so use that
help for whatever your situation may be. Remember the past, live in the present and
look to the future.
The road to mass incarceration starts with slavery. Meaning – in this day and age – being a slave to things the media and celebrities say we should have or need. This is mental lynching. This mental lynching only works when people have a lack of discipline, morals, and ethics. And this leads to mass incarceration.
The only way to break the cycle of mass incarceration is to develop a desire to find service (such as gainful employment), a demand for that service, and stop committing mass crimes.