I wondered what the judge thought of people who make claims, like Reverend Jeremiah Wright, about the police and government supplying crack to African Americans. He then stated, “The enormous amounts of money involved in drug trafficking have directly spawned large numbers of conspiracy theories about our government’s involvement in trafficking. Even if these theories aren’t true, the fact that many people believe them undercuts the legitimacy of our government and the desire of many people to cooperate.”
I wanted to scream, “What do you mean ‘even if’?!”
When the judge was finished speaking, one guy with long hair went up and shook his hand and heaped praise on him. A tall woman went over to the empty pizza boxes looking for another slice.
I said to Judge Gray, “I enjoyed what you had to say. It seems obvious that the systems you propose would work best. But you know they’ll probably never be implemented. No politician will want to bring those things up.” He said, “Oh, no, I think you’re wrong. I think we’ll see these things get done. Nothing else has worked.” I said, “Really? Well, you don’t hear about any steps down these paths.”
He said, “Six months before the [Berlin] wall came down, you didn’t hear people talking about it. Then, it happened.”