Hawaii Scholastic Journalism Association

Segregation and Justice

Christina Kim, Iolani Imua newsroom member

The public is invited to a free screening of the new movie “Marshall,” an event of segregation that still happens today.
“Marshall,” the movie reflects back to the 1930’s when segregation was a big problem. Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, who experienced the hardships of being black during this time of racism because he understood the struggles the black Americans faced. The movie was based off of Marshall’s legacy that he left. Marshall was a man who was raped, assaulted, and attempted murder. He got a Jewish lawyer named Sam Freidman, to defend him, however he didn’t know how to do a criminal case. Later after the court case, Freidman’s daughter informed Hollywood about the incidents since she had connections there. The story was looked at and is now going to be in theaters on October 13th.
Marshall was a “reliable and supportive partner in the struggle for justice and equality,” said Alphonso Breggs, president of the Hawaii chapter of the NAACP and member of the organization’s national Board of Directors.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), along with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is currently partnering up to fight for justice and civil rights.
The ACLU was an organization founded for almost 100 years to guard America’s liberty. They work to defend our individual rights by the Constitution and laws of the U.S.
Recently, the Department of Corrections (DOC) of Rhode Island suggested to use the ”civil death” statute to sentence prisoners who have a life sentence to death. However, the ACLU believed that they shouldn’t kill the prisoners, even if they had a life sentence. Steven Brown, an executive of the ACLU said “But whatever the merits of Paiva’s claims in his lawsuit, he deserves the right to bring his grievances before the courts for review. This a fundamental right must be respected if we are to call ourselves a just society.”

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