For Marissa Alexander The System Is Working Exactly As Intended By The White Racists Who Built It

Dispatches from the Underclass

Marissa Alexander (MSNBC) Marissa Alexander, undated family photo (Lincoln B. Alexander/AP)

If ever you needed proof that the system, from the institutional to the individual, is stacked against people of color, look no further than Marissa Alexander.

Florida state prosecutor Angela Corey is seeking to put Marissa Alexander behind bars for 60 years because she had the audacity to defend her life.

Alexander, a 33-year-old black mother of three and survivor of domestic violence, was initially sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot into the wall of her home in 2012 with her legally owned gun to scare off her abusive husband, who’s violence is well documented. No one was harmed but Corey prosecuted anyway.

After nearly three years behind bars, Alexander was granted a new trial.

But Corey—the same prosecutor who failed to put Trayvon’s killer in prison, who refused to address…

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