The entire so-called "justice system" in the United States, as protestors all over the country repeatedly testify, is “guilty as hell.” It is time to allow space within our legal institutions for a more nuanced understanding of the world and people. In a virtue theoretic approach, suspected criminals and ex-offenders are humanized as they are viewed by the justice system as people capable of virtue.
As the trial of prominent St. Louis-based activist, author and theologian Reverend Osagyefo Sekou enters its second day, the corrupt and stagnant state of the Ferguson municipal court system is once again under a national spotlight.
On Aug. 9, 2014 when a black teenager named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer, the small city of Ferguson lost its anonymity. In the days and weeks following the killing of Michael Brown, the people of Ferguson raised their voices and occupied the streets in protest. Thousands of human rights workers and concerned citizens have joined them in a newly invigorated movement for justice and FOR is among them.