I follow a blogger called everyday gurus, who is involved with Bloggers for Peace, a collection of bloggers to like to write on, you guessed it, peace, at least one post a month. This blogger posted a challenge for B4Peacers to blog about empathy as this month’s theme for peace.
A few days ago, this same blogger reblogged a post from a friend of his, Rarasaur, in which they explain how they have been wrongfully accused of something and they are preparing to turn themselves in for the warrant out for their arrest. Here is their story. It sounds like it’s something they’ve been fighting for several years already and has drained them of time, money and spiritual energy. They claim they are “giving up” by turn themselves in, but they feel a little peace to be doing so, that they can finally sleep at night.
This has been on my heart since I first read it.
I don’t know this person and I can’t speak to the story they relate, but I do know the criminal justice system well enough to believe it. Part of the work I do with the homeless is to advocate for them in St. Louis’ mental health municipal docket, something the city started as a way to outreach to homeless and mentally ill people and get them connected to services they need. Given the way the system is structured, it is very hard to be free of it – I have seen my folks struggle with it. There’s always some more money needed or another lawyer to pay off or warrant to take care of or a parole officer to see or a criminal record to explain or something else you’re ineligible for. I’ve seen so many people figuratively choke under this system.
When I learn about things like this blogger, I get really fired up and feel called to turn my empathy into action. The system of justice should not be so unjust that someone decides it’s better to deal with these headaches than to keep fighting for their innocence. Rarasaur, go with God.