They say that justice is blind. What this means is that justice is meant to be impartial and objective. Justitia, the Roman goddess of Justice, is often portrayed as evenly balancing both scales and a sword. She is typically wearing a blindfold, which is intended to represent that justice should be applied without regard to wealth, power, or other status.
The American justice system is designed to be blind. It’s set up with the intent that everyone should be treated equally. Unfortunately, it’s not, in practice, blind. Statistics show that, when convicted of similar crimes, poor people receive sentences that are, on average, two times longer than those for rich people. Black people, on average, are given much longer sentences than white people.
People with “connections,” with influence, power, and money, are more likely to have small crimes glossed over, and to get better treatment even in the event of more serious crimes.
And it seems that, under Donald Trump, it’s just getting worse. For Trump and the Republicans in Congress, there is a greater effort to obstruct justice than there is to preserve, protect, and defend it.
Justice in America is no longer blind; it seems to have become deaf and dumb.