By Richard Montgomery
People often ask wonder why so many African Americans are imprisoned. The simple answer is that Black and Brown people are often not afforded the privilege of reasonable doubt. Most Americans have heard, in detail, about the case of Trayvon Martin. Trayvon, a 16-year-old African American male, was pursued by George Zimmerman in a Florida neighborhood because Zimmerman thought Trayvon looked suspicious. In defiance of police orders, Zimmerman continued to follow and ultimately confronted and murdered an unarmed Trayvon Martin. In a similar but lesser known Florida case, Marissa Alexander, an African American mother of three, has been charged with felony aggravated assault for firing a warning shot into the air after being attacked by her husband.