Sunday, July 02, 2006

Victimhood or victimisation?

A young man is woken up in the middle of the night. He hears noises from downstairs, he runs downstairs. And he is shot.

A young man is sent to jail for a ninety day sentence. He is put in the same cell as a violent racist. The night before he is due to leave, he is battered to death.

Two innocent men on the receiving end of institutionalised injustice. After much hand-wringing, no one has been charged or suspended for both crimes.

Somewhere else, a nation that is supposed to be free is collectively and comprehensively punished for the crime of a few. The world watches.

Where is justice in all of this?

And yet, there are so many other incidences that many of us never hear about.