Just Mercy

Freedom- what does freedom mean to you? Liberation from captivity, imprisonment, or incarceration? Whichever way you choose to put it, it’s all about being you, with no one’s permission.

Sure you might wonder, “Isn’t this another article on racism”? Oh, No!, it isn’t- In Fact, to be more exact, this article will poke your inner thoughts on- If it is necessary to stand in the stead of someone you barely know, ask yourself questions such as Is it logical to put yourself in a compromising situation to defend the defenseless?

Is it needful to feel the pain or the exhausting aura of an innocent person convicted merely because of “how the person looks”? or Is it even relevant to understand the pressure and emotional trauma a growing child has to encounter advancing to see an imprisoned parent, punished for a crime they didn’t commit?

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This brings us to a realization that freedom is not totally to be free from captivity. Freedom is when your neighbor trusts they are safe around you- and the true-life story of Walter McMillan in the movie-Just Mercy- will shed more light on this.

Did you know that-

Millions of Innocent people are at risk of execution for a crime they didn’t commit? Not just the blacks in this case but a high percentage of the poor who cannot afford a good lawyer or are even denied the right to have a pro bono.

In 1983 Herbert Richardson, a cellmate to McMillan in this true-life story, was one of the 65 people who were executed in the prison of Alabama, just because he could not afford adequate medical help, that’s not all.

Anthony Hinton, another close inmate of McMillian, that was among convicted of a double homicide based entirely on a faulty ballistics report-funny thing was that the prosecutor said that Anthony was guilty just by his physical appearance.

Now the question is- would these men have escaped death roll if given a chance to defend their rights? Which becks another question.

Would you go the extra mile?

Eva Ansley in the true-life story- Just Mercy- (McMillian) is a perfect description of someone who pays no respect to race, financial background or skin color. In 1989, Eva teamed up with Bryan Stevenson, a Harvard Lawyer who sought to fight for the poor and incarcerated and condemned for over 30 years. So you see? People have been and are still out there, leveraging on the bit of opportunity they have to help the needy.

What’s your take on racism?

The belief that different races possess distinct characteristics, abilities, or qualities, especially as to distinguish them as inferior or superior to another is a disease that continues to cripple unionism around the world and if not critically looked into, more people like McMillian who was an innocent man, placed on death roll for 6 years before being charged innocent would continue to surface, which will lead to more and more division and cultural strife.

If you want a better world, you can’t change the world with only ideas in your mind. You need to stay hopeful, relentless, and truthful because hopelessness is the enemy of justice. Hope allows you to push forward. It allows you to stand up even when you’ve put down and to speak when you’re yelled out to keep quiet. We all need to realize that the opposite of poverty isn’t wealth but justice, and our survival shouldn’t be just how the rich get treated as opposed to the poor, but how we treat the disfavored and condemned- Think about it?

Nnebeana Blessing Chinelo
She has been writing for several years, and her passion has been to give her readers a sense of purpose and passion. She holds a degree in Marketing and lives in Nigeria. When she is not writing, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and dancing.

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