In a court system,  which treated African Americans as 3/5ths of a person, today African Americans make up less than 5% of Attorneys. Indeed Black Lawyers Matter!

The primary purpose of our T-shirt is to change the media narrative surrounding the "black lives matter" movement. The media has trivialized this movement, at times even calling the group a terrorist organization. One statement, that is undebatable, is that Black Lawyers Matter. As Mrs. Yolanda Young Esq. points out below, many citizens have not placed blame on the justice system for failing to even prosecute in certain instances of police misconduct.

                    
                                                                                                There are no black attorneys in Ferguson        

"As the tally of killings continues to climb, protests have mainly focused on police with an often-cited criticism: the force is too white. Well, the legal profession is even whiter, and the job much more subjective. Consider the role of prosecutors, who, without objective criteria, decide what the charges will be. They alone decide whether to offer a plea bargain or proceed to trial. They are usually allowed to exercise this power with impunity and outside of public view, but in the last year, the curtain has been pulled back. In a rash of high-profile police killings of unarmed black males – John Crawford III, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and Walter Scott – white prosecutors appeared reluctant to vigorously pursue indictments, even when facts were highly disputed. Reports by Talking Points Memo, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post conclude that almost none of the police officers who kill roughly 1,000 people each year are ever charged."-Yolanda Young Esq. (The Guardian)

Article Link: http://rollingout.com/2016/07/12/story-behind-black-lawyers-matter-slogan-believe

Visual of Ferguson Missouri's Modern Day Debtors Prison.


"Ferguson residents are subjected to a modern-day debtors’ prison, according to a recent lawsuit filed by ArchCity Defenders, which found that Ferguson’s poor residents provide the second-largest source of revenue for the city, $2,635,400 in 2013 as Ferguson Municipal Court disposed of 24,532 warrants and 12,018 cases, “or about 3 warrants and 1.5 cases per household.”--Yolanda Young Esq.