Civil Rights in Family Court- Let’s Join the Movement

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A term many have heard when they participate in our legal system in the US. On this page one can explore some thoughts on the phrase

A term many have heard when they participate in our legal system in the US. On this page one can explore some thoughts on the phrase “Best Interest of the Child” Also included is a movie from Lifetime titled “Best Interest of the Children” (1992). Has this phrase always been part of our legal system?

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There is no hope for change in this country unless we all stand together and demand change.

I understand the actions of those who protest. So many of us are angry because the violence and anger is being turned on the innocent, but are we really all that innocent? We ask, “how does looting and fear mongering help? Protesting like that can’t possibly make the country listen. It won’t help the cause, and nobody is going to take these people seriously because the movement is chaotic and aggressive.” These are the thoughts that have gone through my mind as I sit here and watch the news.

There are so many of us who aren’t listening. We are only looking at the chaos and making judgements before opening our minds. We sit there in our comfortable chairs, sipping our expensive lattes, and watching hundreds of people rioting in the streets on our giant fancy televisions. It’s so easy to ignore them because we don’t understand their pain and suffering.

After some soul searching, it has become so blatantly clear to me that an enormous change is needed. To those of you who sit there in your comfortable homes and express your anger towards the actions of these rioters and protesters, THINK!

This problem isn’t just going to go away.  I am NOT excusing the actions of the people who have burned, looted, and injured fellow human beings. I believe in peacefully protesting, but how can you peacefully protest when no one will listen?

As a brilliant man once said:

It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

March 14, 1968


The rich get richer, the poor get poorer, the corrupt become more corrupt, and so many of us, me included, don’t even begin to understand the struggle because we live a life of privilege.

I refuse to make this about race because I think as a country we should be above that. Maybe we aren’t, and I don’t see it because of where I’m from, but I believe this is about more than race. So many people have made this about only race, and that’s their prerogative—I don’t blame them because that is the face of the movement. It’s all about perception, and my perception is a little broader. The protesting we have seen is fueled by the carelessness of individual white police officers against African American criminal youths (i.e. race), but I believe it is so much more than that. This isn’t just about race so much as it is about our class system: the privileged vs. the impoverished. I grew up poor, but I lived a life of privilege because I was lucky enough to not be raised in the ghettos of our urban environments, but millions of AMERICAN people are not as lucky. And it isn’t as easy as people think to escape the environment in which you were raised.

These people are stacked on top of each other, given zero opportunities to make a decent and respectable living, and are seen and treated as scum on the bottom of the country’s boots—the stain on our country’s surface. These people are kicked down and can’t get back up because we won’t let them. With poverty comes desperation, desperation leads to violence and crime, and all the crime leads to hardened police forces that are tired of dealing with people who can’t help themselves because they have no other choice. People of poverty are seen as worthless in the eyes of the privileged, but only because we give them zero worth. We forget that they are our fellow Americans. Our mindsets shouldn’t be privilege vs. poverty anymore. We should believe that ALL Americans need to be working collectively towards a brighter future.

I keep hearing that these riots are all a result of these urban police officers, but how is that the only problem? Our cities are full of crime and those who feed off of chaos. We can’t expect that changing our police force will create a better life for the impoverished. Our problems go beyond law enforcement, and the only way to fix what is broken is by going to the roots of all the problems:


  • WE give them a shit education and expect them to fall in line when all we’re doing is teaching them how to take a test. We aren’t giving them any sort of real life skills that will help better them. They think, “why should I even bother? Nobody cares about me?” And they’re right. It’s time to show them that we do care, and it starts with education. It should be a basic human right that every single person can get not only a decent education, but an EFFECTIVE education where kids are taught real life skills and are shown that they matter. They should be able to go off to college, trade school, or any other career driven program if they choose to. Money and education should NOT coexist.
  • WE give them crappy dead end employment and force them to work themselves to death for nothing. Younger generations watch their elders work their fingers to the bone, so they dream of a better life, and do anything they can to make that happen—even if that means joining a gang that offers more than we do. No wonder we have all these kids who are drawn to gangs. They watch their parents, neighbors, and family members working hard for nothing and try to make a better life for themselves the only way they can.
  • WE allow capitalism to herd them like cattle into low income housing and “bad” parts of town, and suck these people dry for all they’re worth when they had nothing to begin with. Every penny these people make is taken away from them until they have nothing left. Then when something happens, as it inevitably does in life, they have no means to take care of themselves.
  • WE allow our government to only look out for the interests of upper and middle class, and constantly never concern ourselveswith the millions of people in poverty. The mentality is that if they want to free themselves from poverty, that’s ALL ON THEM. I can’t even explain how ludicrous this notion is. It is highly unlikely that someone will pull themselves out of poverty without the proper education. How can someone who is too poor to feed their family afford college? Scholarships? Sure, if they manage to be super smart, but most of them don’t see the value in education because of how faulty our education system is. Grants? Only so much money there. Loans? So that they can be in debt forever? Climbing their way out of poverty isn’t as easy as people who live comfortable lives seem to think.
  • WE charge the sick thousands of dollars for treatments that should be FREE and expect them to pay an exorbitant amount of money for healthcare. What happened to doctors who have a calling to help those in need? Now, they turn people away who can’t afford their extreme prices, offer shitty medical care to areas with an extremely low socioeconomic status, and look the other way when someone dies from a condition that is 100% treatable. Sometimes, the motive of crime is survival. When survival is threatened, it is human nature to do all we can in order to ensure life.

  • WE continually squash their dreams of a better life—The American Dream is only for those who can AFFORD IT.

The rioters and protesters have EVERY RIGHT to be upset. They have EVERY RIGHT to demand to be heard. We have silenced them. We have kicked them down into the mud and demanded they stay there. This is all on us. So to those of you who express anger by the actions you are witnessing, OPEN YOUR EYES. This problem isn’t just going to go away by “fixing” the police force. We have to stand together and extend a hand to help these people up out of the filth we have pushed them down into. We have to stand together and demand change locally and nationally. This movement must grow throughout this country, and when it does,the voices of the impoverished will be heard, and a much needed change will be made.

The violence and aggression will end when we begin to listen anddo something to end the struggle. This isn’t us vs. them anymore. We must join the movement and create a better future for every individual.

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There is no hope for change in this country unless we all stand together and demand change.

I understand the actions of those who protest. So many of us are angry because the violence and anger is being turned on the innocent, but are we really all that innocent? We ask, “how does looting and fear mongering help? Protesting like that can’t possibly make the country listen. It won’t help the cause, and nobody is going to take these people seriously because the movement is chaotic and aggressive.” These are the thoughts that have gone through my mind as I sit here and watch the news.

There are so many of us who aren’t listening. We are only looking at the chaos and making judgements before opening our minds. We sit there in our comfortable chairs, sipping our expensive lattes, and watching…

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