The Charlotte Riots and Criminal Justice Reform

Rioting in Charlotte over the death of an African-American named Keith Lamont Scott is of no surprise to the average citizen who watches the news, but it is unforgivable nonetheless. Thousands of black men and women are killed on our streets every year, yet only a minuscule number of those killed are shot by police officers.

In a civilised society, rioting and looting are intolerable. Instead of cracking down on rioters, the current President has done next to nothing to remedy this situation. Ever since President Obama was elected in 2008, race relations have deteriorated by immeasurable proportions. Social Justice Warriors come out of the woodwork whenever a black man is shot by police, but while this is not always unjustified, you will never hear anything from them when a black man shoots another black man.

What does this do? It empowers the alternative right and further weakens our society. The extremists feed on hate and terror. When certain elements of our society exploit the death of an armed man, and take to the street to protest, it is of no surprise that extremists from the alternative right then seize the moment at hand and direct their anger on the entire black community.

Unfortunately, we have seen this spread to the political arena, which has further polarized our general election. Everything is now about race. Which candidate supports which minority more. Who stands up for Black Lives Matter, or All Lives Matter. Who is willing to take to the streets to fight.

On one side we have a candidate who treats black voters like automatic supporters, and on the other side we have a candidate who appeals to the baser racial instincts of Americans.

Racial polarization is nothing new in society when you have numerous races, but violence is never acceptable. I fear that we are on our way to a point of no return in regards to race relations in the States.

Criminal justice reform is absolutely essential in solving this problem. African Americans are incarcerated at an excessive rate. Why? Drugs inadvertently hit the poor the hardest. If you’re affluent, you may be able to afford the necessary addiction treatment. In a our society, receiving help is not a realistic option for those in cyclical poverty. A continuation of the Drug War only exasperates this epidemic, which is why it’s time to end the War on Drugs, treat drug addiction as a medical issue, and not a criminal one, and to sentence drug dealers of hard drugs to a minimum of life imprisonment without parole.

Education is considered to be a pillar of our society, yet it is lacking in most of our inner cities due to the failure of the education system. Schools are beholden to ineffective standardized testing, teacher unions, and bureaucracy. The elimination of the Department of Education, an end to standardized testing, and widespread introduction of more voucher programs in our country is pivotal to the reform of education.

Along with education and criminal justice reform, we must take the hardened criminals off the streets for good. Many of the criminals who shoot at police officers are repeat offenders.. Such criminals do not deserve the option of parole and should be sentenced to life imprisonment without the opportunity of freedom. Even a three strike policy for violent criminals is generous in my opinion, but I would settle at that if necessary. Three violent crimes and you never get a day out of prison.

Will all of this guarantee that our racial divisions our solved? No. Will it guarantee peace and tranquility on our streets? I doubt it. Nevertheless, it’s a necessary step. We must rise to the occasion to at least attempt to heal our divides. Let us begin that process by getting government out of the way when necessary, and making sure it does its duty when it is authorised to do so. If the general welfare of the citizenry is not protected, then I can assure you that will shall continue down the path of decay, violence, and division. The time for sensible reform has come.

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