Ok, here's my take on this.....
The argument about being put in jail over an accusation has some merit. Other than stealing from a bank or robbery, I dont think we should be putting people in jail on accusations. Depending on the circumstances, which we have only one side of right now, I think releasing on her own recognizes pending a court date to sort all this out would have been more appropriate. Sure, reform of the criminal code could be used here...
That being said...
The way people (mostly liberals) are using almost every situation to claim a social justice/racial incident is truly getting distressing. Our young people are using this excuse to describe almost every thing that ails them as a "justice" thing and it does a disservice to actual injustices.
It is my opinion that this girl's problems are alot bigger..
Most states let you bail out with 10% - 20% of the bail amount through a bail bondsman. Her bail was $450. So you are telling me should couldnt come up with $45 or $90? That's not a "social justice" problem, that a "you" problem.
Her aunt accused her. Her problem should be with her aunt. And you cant tell me that this had not come up at an earlier time. She knew about her aunt. I think her problem resides with her family.
"It was a testament to their commitment to Chasity and a willingness to stand against the systems and processes that threatened to make her a statistic,"
Why does everything have to be against "the system"? Actually, the system worked in this case, she just had other issues she needs to work out, it's not the systems fault her aunt accused her.
"It was important to me to describe Chasity's experience of jail," Akerman said, "rather than simply answer everyone's automatic question: Why were you in jail? To me, the why' matters insofar as it begs a bigger question: Does anyone deserve this kind of treatment?"
No, the automatic question is actually the question that most needs answering. As I said before, if we want to have the argument about why we are putting people in jail on domestic accusations, we can have that. But to accuse society of something, and to suggest your were wrong in some way, in my opinion, is wrong.
The New Orleans bail system is rooted in the city's history as the center for an economy of enslaved people.
Got to get in the race card.