One day we will blink and come face to face with an empty and meaningless world. With rainforests no longer present upon this earth, our eyes will trail back to the culprit only to find a very different shade of green at fault: money. The compulsion to generate a profit and the push towards overconsumption will have bulldozed across over 30 percent of the earth’s land taking with it over 28,000 species of wildlife. It is ironic how a society centered entirely around prosperity, can so easily turn a blind eye to the dim future. We are burning down bridges to biodiversity, humanity, and whatever hope we may have for tomorrow.
Lady Justice stands tall with a blindfold draped across her eyes, objectively weighing all the evidence presented to her in court. Her sword reiterates the power behind the law that acts not out of fear, but out of a responsibility to protect the people. This image stands as a well-known symbol of our judicial system in America. This image, however, is far from the reality Anthony Ray Hinton encountered in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1985. His story of imprisonment sheds a light on the disgrace and racial biases clouding our criminal justice system. Anthony Ray Hinton finally walked out of Holman Prison in 2015, after thirty years on death row for a crime he did not commit. While his experience shows the despair found within a death row prison, it also exemplifies the strength of the human spirit to not only survive but to truly live and make meaning of one’s situation, no matter the circumstances.