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The Calm…

Alexis

Very few individuals are concerned about the symbolic magnitude of the noose, racial inequity, and the civil rights of the disenfranchised. Powerful organizations will likely never admit the wrongs that they have committed unless there is public outcry. The justice system is merely a game unless all parties involved have the highest sense of integrity and loyalty to nothing but God. In over fifty years of soundbites, timeless quotes, federal holidays, and the appearance of Martin Luther King's dream slowly unfolding--the appearance of equality and forthrightness is no longer a fair substitute for true civil rights and justice.

These are some of the lessons that I have learned in 2007. I am hoping that 2008 will bring me a break from these constant reminders but I am not too optimistic.

On January 16th, the lawyers best suited to fight injustice at the epicenter of military and civilian politics, will walk into a room with me and argue a case that shouldn’t have to be argued. What can I hope for? A chance to move forward. With recently appointed director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund– Mr. John Payton having his hand in my appeal, I feel that my vindication is likely. In a recent conversation that I had with a recently appointed Coast Guard legal counsel, LCDR Chambliss said, “With your marriage, the birth of your baby girl (On December 11th!) and college finishing up, I am glad to see that you are moving on.” Hardly. The pain that it caused my family will never dissipate. The injustice that I experienced will always be a factor in my life.

If you feel that my Civil Rights have been violated, you are correct. I was reading Thomas F. Jackson’s book entitled, From Civil Rights to Human Rights and it had me thinking about Dr. King’s perspective on progress. How can I expect civil rights when I have yet to recieve my basic human rights under the Universal Code of Military Justice and the Coast Guard Regulations?

The constitutional right to the “innocent until proven guilty” premise. Going to class, defending myself, and having the ability to call witnesses in my defense would have been fair.

The legal right to defend myself against someone whose reputation and commission Admiral Van Sice was protecting was denied me.

The humane right to possess a military I.D. and health care while on appelate status finds new ways of being denied on a monthly basis. November 2006, when my new I.D. had expired and I was due a new one–I could not recieve one because no cadet had ever been on appelate leave–so the computer could not handle such a task of double coding a plastic card. This month, the excuse was that I am married. Cadets can not be married. I have not been a cadet since December of 2005 because last time I checked, cadets went to class in New London, CT.

So this, my calm before the storm.

Luke 18:6-8 Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.

Every day I cry out to God. Every single day, I relive all of the pain and the betrayal. A dear friend asked once, “how is it that you want to be a lawyer so badly–yet you don’t believe in the justice system?” Any man or woman who has defied a precedent and pressure of politics to fight for or render a ruling uncharacteristic of their beliefs or their own welfare has to have a belief that someone greater than them is watching. I do not believe in the justice system; I believe in God and although the justice system has failed me before–God has and will continue to raise up someone, somewhere to help me. Only then, under His watchful eye, will justice prevail.

My calm is that I will be that someone for the desperate and defeated one day.

Webster M. Smith

P.S. Alexander Smith, I love you. Don’t be defeated.

December 28th, 2007 Posted by | News | 5 comments

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