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JUST MERCY, “I’ve been singing sad songs my whole life. Had to. When you catch…

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JUST MERCY,

“I’ve been singing sad songs my whole life. Had to. When you catch stones, happy songs can make you sad.”

Chronicling the early days of Bryan Stevenson’s career to the founding of the @eji_org , “Just Mercy” is an in-depth look at how the criminal justice system has cruelly treated primarily Black folks in the South, from lackluster legal representation to the death penalty. We zero in on the case of Walter McMillian, a Black man put on death row after being accused of murdering a young White woman despite evidence he did not commit this crime.

Given this current moment in time, I would highly recommend this book for those who are new to conversations around racial justice, mass incarceration, and defunding and replacing law enforcement. “Just Mercy” paints a depressing look at abuses of power by those who are supposed to uphold it. McMillian’s case and fight for freedom is one of many where racism and White supremacy slap the GUILTY label on folks based on their skin color.

I had the privilege to visit Montgomery, AL and the @legacymuseum and @mempeacejustice created by EJ a year ago with my colleagues. No amount of mental preparation readies you for such a harrowing experience (the museum reminds you immediately that you stand on ground where enslaved people were kept) but if you find yourself in the South, please visit and support EJI’s work.
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