In our community of registered citizens, the wall of injustice is thick and high. It is thick due to the public’s failure to see the truth and it is high due to laws that have been passed for more than 50 years.
Why does the public fail to see the truth about registered citizens? After all, there are hundreds of studies and reports published by leading authorities in both the public and private sectors which conclude that individuals convicted of a sex offense are unlikely to commit another sex offense.
For example, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has concluded that the rate of re-offense for a registered citizen on parole is less than one percent. And Dr. Karl Hanson, who has studied this topic for decades, has concluded that individuals who committed a violent sex offense such as rape, but who have not re-offended for 17 years, are no more likely to commit a sex offense than someone who has never committed such an offense. He also concluded that individuals who committed lesser offenses reach the “point of redemption” in as little as five years.
Perhaps the public cannot see the truth about registered citizens because of fear, a siren song sung by the media on a daily basis. And why does the media sing that song? To increase their ratings or readership. They do so with little or no regard for the truth, the truth that more than 90 percent of those who harm children are not registered citizens, but instead are family members, teachers, coaches and members of the clergy.
And why has the government at every level continued to pass laws that violate the Constitution by denying the rights of registered citizens such as Congress’ recent decision to add a Scarlet letter to passports? Legislators do so because they mistakenly believe that their introduction of one more sex offender law will help them get re-elected. Their colleagues vote in favor of those laws because they are afraid that if they don’t vote for the laws, they will be defeated in the next election.
The common ingredient to the public’s failure to see the truth and the number of unconstitutional laws that have been passed is FEAR. The antidote to fear is TRUTH. Because when the truth about registered citizens is known, fear will vanish and the wall of injustice will fall.
It’s a simple formula but the path to truth may not be easy. Instead, the path may include steep climbs, such as the creation of a tiered registry in California, and death defying falls, such as the final ruling this week by the Kansas Supreme Court.
Although the path to truth may not be easy, it is a path work taking for it will ultimately lead to the destruction of the wall of injustice. There have been similar walls in the past….for African Americans…..for Jews……for Japanese Americans….and for gays. Those walls have tumbled and our wall of injustice will as well.
As we travel down the path to truth and work toward the destruction of our wall of injustice, the words of hip hop artist Biga Ranx may help us on our journey: “No they can’t keep the people under control – this wall will fall – despite the suffering we got to stand tall.”
I am standing tall knowing that we are on the path of truth and that the wall of injustice will fall. Please join me to hasten its demise by Showing Up, Standing Up, and Speaking Up.