For the first time in history, the future of the entire planet — for generations if not millennia to come — is now being fundamentally determined by the activities of the human species.
The US Supreme Court has refused to weigh in on these obvious racial discrepancies in the criminal justice system. Instead, it emphasizes constitutional colorblindness, which allows it to avoid confronting the judiciary’s role in perpetuating racial discrimination in the US.
The Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 shots, killing the African-American teenager Laquan McDonald; 14 of those shots were apparently fired while McDonald lay on the ground. It took four years and the expulsion of the state attorney general before the trial against Van Dyke for first-degree murder resulted in convictions for the lesser