Gross injustices are nothing new. We see these situations all the time. From the man getting falsely accused of a crime to the person that is found not guilty when they clearly are responsible, injustice is becoming a common occurrence. It has become so commonplace that we, as a people, should expect it to happen. In short, injustice has become as American as apple pie and arrogant lies.
Yet, this new case of injustice actually tickles me with the ridiculousness of the situation. Ethan Couch was sentenced in a Fort Worth, Tex. juvenile court to 10 years of probation for the drunk driving crash that ended the lives of youth pastor, Brian Jennings; Hollie and Shelby Boyles; and Breanna Mitchell . It would seem that he had miraculously gotten a sentence he clearly didn’t deserve. Yet, all it took for psychologist G. Dick Miller to testify with the statement that Couch’s family “felt that wealth bought privilege and there was no rational link between behavior and consequences” . If anything can be said about justice, it is that it is always poetic (even in ignorance).
What makes this situation so debilitating is that a young man deemed to “not have a rational link between behavior and consequences” gets off with a sentence that doesn’t allow him to establish that essential connection. Logically, it would have made some sense to prescribe him with a sentence to alleviate his mind of this terrible “affluenza” that is wreaking havoc within his brain. Alas, that did not happen. Instead, we get a young man of monetary influence receiving a slap on the wrist while families are grieving with no justice in sight.
It should insultingly amuse many of us that Couch feels that he is suffering from success. Who does that young man think he is? DJ Khaled?
The bigger issue is this: the justice system has, for a while, been a terrain of toxicity. From stop and frisk all the way to the targeting of Arabs and Muslims, our justice system has its disease showing . There have been too many cases of justice gone horribly wrong. From the “justified” killing of Kimani “Kiki” Gray to the fact that the US holds 25 percent of the planet’s prison population while only having 5 percent its regular population, we see the pattern of madness . We realize that, through it all, our justice system does many of us very little justice.
Then, the newsflash comes in: the justice system is supposed to work for Ethan Couch. Ethan Couch comes from WEALTH. We can go beyond the fact that he is white; being Caucasian won’t serve to make a big difference. Nevertheless, his family has MONEY. The justice system is configured to make sure HE and those like HIM gain the most while commoners and the “lower class” are treated like the chattel that they want us to be.
It says a lot when being wealthy can be treated as a contributor to someone’s ill actions. What would be considered a “poor excuse” by most has been relegated as a justifier for probation in this case. The sentence basically said that Ethan Couch should be on probation because he is too wealthy to serve as a responsible human being. This double standard serves as another reminder of the priorities our nation lack. How can we say “justice for all” when justice can simply be bought?
Are you upset yet? If so, then I am glad. It shows that you are human. This is our justice system at work.
Now ask yourself: what are you going to do about it?
‘Nuff Said and ‘Nuff Respect!!!