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You don’t have to go far nowadays to hear about injustice. It is right in our neighborhoods, our backyards and our dinner table discussions. I think about the Civil War and how it turned brother against brother; I always found that to be unusual, and not because families don’t have dysfunction, we know they do. My confusion was borne of the notion that no matter the issue, families stay united. Friends look out for each other. Naïveté on my part, I know. Then the Baltimore riots took place. I found myself in disagreement with someone I had been friends with for years. Someone who doesn’t see what I see when I look at this problem. To me, law enforcement officials, district attorney’s and juries of regular Americans like you and I believe in the power of the system more than they do in the truth. It is a lack of oversight on our part that allows these things to keep happening, and it is tragic.
If you’ll notice, I’ve become more quiet about Adnan Syed’s case. It isn’t because I’ve moved on. It isn’t because there is nothing new to report, on the contrary, there is new info every single week. You can find that info in the podcast Undisclosed: The State vs. Adnan Syed; Rabia Chaudry, Susan Simpson, and Collin Miller are doing an incredible job with this podcast, go listen (and leave reviews please). There is enough evidence for me to bring you a new post every week, and maybe I will. But for right now, I’m a bit stuck. You see, I’m looking at the evidence, I’m looking at this man who is still in prison and I can only think one thing: why the HELL is Adnan Syed in prison still?
You saw what happened in Baltimore, right? You saw the corruption, right? Why do I still have to even wonder why this man is in prison? Why hasn’t the state of Maryland ( who responded to Adnan’s appeal with a pitiful response last week after being delayed by the riots) felt the need to give someone some satisfactory response? At this point they should have to let him go or give a damn good reason why they aren’t. I’m starting to believe it is a very simple answer — they don’t have to. The DA isn’rush to answer the public’s demands for an answer. Why? Because they will do whatever they want to do, and as long as we forget, as long as we move on to the next injustice, they will continue to do so.
I’m asking you, reader, to do something you might not be accustomed to doing: get uncomfortable. Write a letter, write a blog post, join a protest. Pray for this man and his family. Listen to the podcasts, donate to the fund. Because if we STOP letting these people remain silent when we demand answers, perhaps we won’t have another Freddie Gray, another Damien Echols, or another Adnan Syed. Hold people accountable for what you elected them to do, please stop assuming they are policing themselves. They make mistakes just like you and I.
As for me, I guess I had better get back to blogging about Adnan. Now is not the time to be quiet.
Until Next Time,