The American Justice System Is A Joke, And It Needs To Change

The American Justice System Is A Joke, And It Needs To Change

Here is why you should want to change the courts, too.
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In case you haven't noticed, the American justice system is a joke. There is absolutely no "justice" about it. You may think it only has to do with murderers going free and innocent people on death row. While that is unexplainably terrible, it can also hit a lot closer to home than you might think.

Personally, I am involved in a civil case.

A woman owes me money via contract, and I am just trying to get what I am owed in the most peaceful way. I filed a court case, and hoped that I could attain my money without any threats from her. Seven months later, I am still trying to get her served because she can run to another place or just not answer the doorbell, and I can't actually do anything to get my money back.

I have the contract. I have all of the information. Yet, since she wants to run across a state border, I am helpless. No one wants to assist me unless I pay them a hefty lawyer's fee. She possessed a stolen item from me as well. When the cops found it, they let her off with a warning and THREW AWAY my possession.

A close person to me recently got assaulted, and I was a witness to the situation. The person who did it lives out of state, so guess what: They can't do anything about it. A person gets away with ATTACKING an innocent person in the street. It is currently getting swept under the rug by the establishment where it occurred, because they are scared of the negative publicity.

If those past two stories don't make you realize how much the justice system absolutely sucks, then I don't know what will.

Those are just stories that I am involved in. What about ones that people around me are involved in that I don't even know about? What about a family member of yours that can't get any justice unless they want to pay their life savings to a lawyer or private detective? America needs a lot of reform, but personally, I am tired of the bad guy always winning.

People keep telling me to just let it go and use it as a life lesson, but if people keep just letting these things go, there will NEVER be a change.

People are getting away with so many crimes because of these invisible things we like to call "borders." Just because one person runs to another state, the justice system just says "Oh well, they're invisible now," and gives up. It gets put on the innocent plaintiff to find them, which can honestly end up really bad. If people are running from the law, do you really think they will handle it well when they find out people are still trying to find them? No.

Let's look at the case of Ezekiel Elliott, the running back for the Dallas Cowboys. He got accused of sexual assault, and then the NFL suspended him for six games. That is their regulation. Elliott got so many appeals, he actually got to prolong his sentence for MONTHS.

Do you think that the average person could appeal several times on someone else's dime? No. It's laughable to even think that could happen. Elliott is famous and plays a sport, so he is above everyone else? He gets to waste our money so that he can still play his game after getting charged with sexually assaulting more than one woman?

All I am asking is that people start reflecting what is really going on out there. Start realizing that the courts don't do the justice they are designed to do. Stop letting crimes go under the radar, such as the one with my close friend, simply because a place doesn't want to "look bad."

Do something about it. Go to your representatives. Help people out when they say they are trying to serve papers to the defendant peacefully. Do what you can to help provide justice, since our courts clearly can't do it.

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So What is Feminism?

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In light of the Women's March on January 20th 2018, I find it pertinent that we just recap what feminism is.

Some of you might be groaning already:

"ugh why do we even need feminism? it’s like the 20th century women have rights already?"

"yea... some women just need to be better than men ....and that’s just not gonna happen"

(***eye roll with an extra healthy dose of sarcasm sprinkled on top***)

So what EXACTLY is Feminism?

Feminism is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as:

"The advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes."

and defined by Miriam Webster Dictionary as:

-"The theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes"

- "Organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests"

"Woah woah woah! hold up... what’s all this "equality" mumbo jumbo?"

I am SO glad you asked!

Lets break this down: Feminism is actually a sociological term to describe the efforts to have equal rights, representation, wages, healthcare and education for ALL people.

“Once more for the people in the back!”

ALL PEOPLE.

So, if you believe that everyone, no matter their socio-economic background, ethnicity, religion, education but most importantly: their gender, should have access to basic human things such as

  • Access to healthcare
  • Access to equal education opportunities
  • Access to fair and equal wages
  • Access to housing
  • Access to healthy nutrition

Then congratulations, you’re a Feminist.

Now this doesn't mean that you need to break out your body paint and most glittery bra and join a social movement (but props to you if thats your thing!)

All it really means is that you care about other people sharing this space, this country and this world with you.

...and hey, maybe they deserve the opportunity to work just as hard as you do to earn the things that you have.

Recap: Feminism= rights for ALL PEOPLE.

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Mass Shootings And Masculinity Go Hand In Hand

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Nineteen mass shootings. Nineteen mass shootings have happened since January 2018 and we’re only in the middle of February. This past shooting at Parkland high school really hit me hard. As I saw the victims of the shooting they reminded me of the kids that I went to high school with. One of the victims was apart of her high school’s color guard and I thought about how much I loved guard when I was in high school. I connected with her.

I saw the videos posted on Snapchat of what the students actually experienced and shed tears with my hand covering my mouth from shock. I saw how insanely graphic the scene was and how being there physically can traumatize one for the rest of their life. No one should have to go through this.

The debates on tv include those of gun control and mental health. On social media, different countries are being thrown around as examples for both stricter gun control, and the allowance for more guns. I also see how the shooter was seen as “mentally ill”, and the stigmatization of those who have mental health issues are dangerous is furthered. The one issue that no one is talking about that plays a huge role in these mass shootings in masculinity.

A large majority of these shooters are white men. While these shootings are also a racial issue I’m going to focus on the gender issue. From a young age, men are exposed to what society deems as masculine. Media hypermasculinized everything to the point where it’s ridiculous. Don’t believe me? Look up Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and see how ridiculously buff they are. They’re cartoon turtles, yet the societal standard of masculinity applies to them.

Even when it comes to toys the commercials for nerf and water guns show only males. Showing that guns are masculine. Young boys are raised to engage in masculine activities or they’re isolated socially and emotionally. Even when young men are engaging in “masculine” activities they still may not be good enough. Getting angry, being the bad boy, having a temper are seen as “cool” traits that males desire to have in order to give themselves an edge.

Now most young boys go through this, and masculinity is not the main factor in mass shootings but it is still a factor. It is a factor that we need to consider because eliminating any factor that helps to produce a mass shooter can help save lives.

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