In last month’s feedback edition (volume 9), a girl by the name of “Dora” wrote in about the conditions of the jail and the injustices against her dad. I know exactly who this man is because I was there when he fell out in visitation! When one of the inmates in the visitation room beat on the window for help—the officer in the pod gave him the finger. The officer only called medical. When the inmate began to beat on the window again, the officer finally “called code” but cussed the inmate out and locked him back.
Once staff and medical personnel finally made it to the visitation room—it took them at least 30 more minutes to take (the man, Dora’s father) down and send him to the hospital! This is by no means an exaggeration. If anything I’m giving the officers too much credit.
Something needs to be mentioned is that this man, this girl’s father, is one of the nicest guys you could meet. He stays to himself most of the time, reading the Bible and often talks about his family and how much he loves them. This man is also Hispanic…I say that because it’s already bad the way they treat whites and blacks, but it’s even worse for the Hispanic community. They are treated worse than dogs.
Since I am no longer in that block I no longer get to see this man, but I hope that he knows that I continue to pray for him, his family, and his wife.
This is yet another story, a complaint against Durham County Jail that the commissioners’ office won’t take seriously especially since that man is Hispanic! How many more suicides, how many more “accidental”, or negligent deaths have to happen before people take a stand against this corrupt government? How many people know that it is their constitutional right to overthrow the government if that government has overstepped its bounds or become corrupt? When will enough be enough? People may think that this is only happening in the jail—it’s happening in our schools, neighborhoods, churches, offices, etc. When will you drop that Xbox controller, that smart phone, when will you leave Twitter, Facebook, CandyCrush, or Angry Birds alone long enough to look up and see what is happening?
In 1765, March 22nd England enacted the stamp act basically taxing all printed materials. But the American colonists opposed the act, which ultimately led to the American revolution. 250 years later our government is doing WAY more to us than enacting a stamp tax and instead of standing up to it—Hell, most of us don’t even realize that it is happening. People! We are stronger than this—smarter than this! Enough! Stand up!
…I will leave you with a few words from Patrick Henry, spoken in 1775…”Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”