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August 2017 , Page 09 

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Inside NACDL: Racism in the U.S. Criminal Justice System: An Uncomfortable Truth for All of Us

By Norman L. Reimer

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I wish this column were unnecessary. I wish that the promise of my youth had long ago been fulfilled. I wish that the dream of a post-racial society had come true. I wish that we had arrived at the place where all persons are treated with equal respect and fairness, where, as Dr. Martin Luther King so famously and eloquently expressed it more than half a century ago, all persons are judged by the content of their character, and not by the color of their skin. But that is simply not the case in the nation’s criminal justice system. And NACDL now has a president whose mission is to mobilize the defense bar to eliminate the racism that delegitimizes the American system of justice.

President Rick Jones rose to the leadership of this Association with a background that uniquely qualifies him to call out and confront racism in the criminal justice system. He is an African American man from Detroit who understands what it is to be a person of color in this society. It is no exa

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