Yesterday, I discussed the dichotomy of Ray Jasper, a Black death row inmate in Texas who will be executed in less than two weeks. To be honest, I’m proud of the article because I feel it’s fair, yet ultimately rooted in reality. Jasper accurately analyzed how America’s prison industrial complex preys on minorities, yet that isn’t his plight because he’s simply a murderer with seemingly little regret for his actions and compassion for his victim and his family. But, like most things posted on the net, I knew the response to the piece might go all the way left (as it did) and somewhere along the line I would be called a self-hating coon who enjoys seeing my people locked up.
So, late last night, I called my boy up and we decided to hit the gym. As we ran on the treadmills I explained to him some of the emails I received about the article and he was absolutely dumbfounded. After I left the gym and I shared my experience with some other people I know, they couldn’t understand the backlash either. Although we all have different nationalities, come from different socioeconomic realities, and fulfill various job titles, we pretty much saw Jasper for exactly what he was, and knew his defenders were more enablers than anything else. But we represent the middle ground because the battle over whether systemic prejudice exists in the justice system is being battled out between two sides: The so-called “ascended Blacks” and niggers.