In my family we have a saying, “always keep your closet clean”.The film we watched on the war on drugs in Tulia was an extremely eye opening piece and speaks directly to the notion of keeping your closet clean. While I do not doubt that there are serious drug problems all over our country and around the world, the movie showed us that what might be an even bigger issue is corruption of the justice system.
When it comes to my protection I am all for a maximum security approach. I have no problem getting to the airport a little earlier to wait in line while everyone passes through the metal detector. While I understand the privacy issues that causes alarm for many, but if it means that I am getting to my destination safely I am all for it. This is the same approach that I have for my community. If there has to be a cop on every corner to ensure my safety that is fine by me. I am fortunate enough to not live in a situation where this is the case but I know this does not hold true for everyone.
When watching the Tulia, TX video we saw a community riddled with drug issues, and searching for answers. Their answer came in the form of law enforcement and more specifically bringing in a federal agent to handle the situation. Little did they know they were being duped by the system. Fueled by money, as is so often the case, we saw a complete breakdown of the justice system from top to bottom. There are so many people who can be held accountable for what occurred in Tulia but none more so than the federal agent. He wrongfully accused so many innocent people while also covering the secret of a warrant for his arrest.
The corruption that is evident in the Tulia, TX movie is shocking and appalling. To see a system that is based on doing the right thing in a situation like this makes you wonder how prevalent this is around the country and even closer to home. While you hope that most people are inherently good, it only takes one to make you guarded.