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Great Legal Feats
Parallels They Exist And They Matter
Although, David was a mercenary, a womanizer, a murderer, and an indulgent father, the Bible describes him as a man after God's on heart. King David desired to build God a house but God denied David the privilege of building Him a house. God's denial stemmed from the fact that David was a soldier and as a soldier he had participated in many acts of violence. Therefore, God choose David's son, Solomon, to build Him a house rather than his father. However, King David stockpiled most of the building materials, the gold, the silver and the bronze that would be required to construct and to furnish the Temple.
King David's heart's desire was to build God a house. Many of us have had good intentions. We set out to put those intentions into actions. We work hard. We see the righteousness of our intentions and it motivates us to continue on toward our desired objective. But sometimes things go awry and the results of our actions are not in accordance with the righteousness of our intentions nor are they in proportion to our actions. David was heartbroken when he was denied the opportunity to build the Temple. He wanted so badly to provide God an earthly house. Why? Because God had taken a poor little shepherd boy and made him King over Israel. David wanted to show God his gratitude.Many of us are like David. We desire the opportunity to show God our gratitude. There is a young lady by the name of Marilyn Mosby whose heart's desire was to procure justice for Freddie Gray. Like David, she was denied the opportunity to build the house.
Ms. Mosby stood before the nation and announced that her office was dropping the charges against the remaining Baltimore City Police Officers involved in Freddie Gray's death. Her tears were visible. Her frustrations were palpable. Her courage was unmistakable. Immediately, I thought about King David and how God denied him the opportunity to construct the Temple. But at the same time, I recall how God praised David for simply having a desire to build Him a house. Can you imagine attempting to build a Temple for a Transcendent God whose Spirit is omnipresent and omnipotent? David did; and the Temple was built. Can you imagine the guts it took for a young Black female attorney to bring charges against 6 Baltimore City Police Officers? Make no mistake about it; it took more than raw emotions.
Judicial Reform Movement
Ms. Mosby sought justice for someone who could not seek justice for himself. She stood against insurmountable systemic forces and refused to buckle. Some say she is a brash young prosecutor who was not well prepared. But I say that she is the voice and the vision of tomorrow. When I saw the strength of her conviction; I knew that God would use her tenacity, her courage, her brilliance and her passion to accomplish great legal feats.The Bible makes it clear that David didn't build the Temple but the Bible also makes it clear that David provided the necessary materials needed to build the Temple. Without David's provisions, Solomon could have never built the Temple. Ms. Mosby didn't get the convictions that she sought. But her efforts provided the foundation for the building of a nation-wide Judicial Reform Movement that won't fizzle out in Baltimore. That won't stop in Louisiana. That won't be stymied in New York. That won't accept these appalling facts:
- African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population
- African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites
- Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one quarter of the US population
- According to Unlocking America, if African American and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates of whites, today's prison and jail populations would decline by approximately 50%
- One in six black men had been incarcerated as of 2001. If current trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime
- 1 in 100 African American women are in prison
- Nationwide, African-Americans represent 26% of juvenile arrests, 44% of youth who are detained, 46% of the youth who are judicially waived to criminal court, and 58% of the youth admitted to state prisons (Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice).
- About 14 million Whites and 2.6 million African Americans report using an illicit drug
- 5 times as many Whites are using drugs as African Americans, yet African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at 10 times the rate of Whites
- African Americans represent 12% of the total population of drug users, but 38% of those arrested for drug offenses, and 59% of those in state prison for a drug offense.
- African Americans serve virtually as much time in prison for a drug offense (58.7 months) as whites do for a violent offense (61.7 months). (Sentencing Project). http://www.naacp.org/pages/criminal-justice-fact-sheet