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An artistic and brutal portrayal of what the so called american justice system is really about
on March 27, 2017
American Violet has put on trial the entire “so called” American justice system through the plight of Deedee, the heroin of the story.
With meticulous and magic strokes, script writer Bill Haney had touched many of the issues that plague the disenfranchised in the American society, in majority the African American communities: deep poverty, single parent family (DeeDee Roberts, the heroin is raising three daughters on her own with the occasional help of her mother, played by Alfree Woodard), lack or absence of opportunities to move up on the social ladder, and also how the so called american justice system is more about convicting people at all cost, no matter whether someone is innocent or not, so that counties in the United States with the highest number of convictions can put themselves in the position to receive more money from the federal government.
There is something fundamentally flawed about the so called justice system that we as humans have put in place throughout our history on this earth. The French writer of the nineteenth century, Honoré de Balzac, once said “that human laws are like a spider webs crafted to let the big ones go through and catch the little ones”. Those words ring true to this day. It is above human comprehension why the powerful ones among us put so much energy, time and resources to put in place an entire judicial system whose only goal is to oppress – and oftentimes – suppress a group that is deemed to be different. In the case of that movie, the African American people whose ancestors had been enslaved for several centuries and their descendants continuously are the target of unfair carriages of justice. Through the myth of Prometheus, we learned how fire got in the hands of mankind. Regardless of how Justice as a tool got to us, , it was NOT supposed to be put in the hands of mankind given our natural flaws and the biases passed down to us by our environments.
The ACLU lawyer (a white man) along with his two aides (another white man and a black man) in that movie represents a glimmer of hope by taking on a corrupt judicial establishment. The ACLU lawyer and his aides – through their fights for real justice - symbolize a very rare breed of humans in our world who still believe in the words written by a gentleman a couple of centuries ago declaring that “all men are created equals” should not just be cold letters drawn on a piece of a historical document, but a reality that EVERY human being on this planet should enjoy regardless of the color of the skin or the amount of money – or lack thereof - in a bank account.