[(Left) mugshot of Jackson Morris, 19| (right) selfie of Isaiah Lewis, 17, in graduation uniform]
Published 06/27/2019 | Reading Time: 1 min 0 sec
OPINION | By Nehemiah D. Frank, founder & editor-in-chief
Isaiah Lewis had something in common with Jackson Morris.
Isaiah, like Jackson, was a teenager.
Isaiah, like Jackson, lived in Oklahoma.
Isaiah, like Jackson and many other normal teens across America, experimented with drugs.
Isaiah, like Jackson, had an unfortunate encounter with Edmond police officers.
The only difference between these two young men is Isaiah was unarmed, and Jackson fired a gun multiple times at police officers.
But there’s one more key difference between these two teenagers. Jackson Morris is white, and Isaiah Lewis was black.
Isaiah was 17-years-old when an Emond police officer fired multiple times into his teenage body.
Somehow, the cops were more afraid of a black, unarmed Isaiah Lewis than they were of a white, armed 19-year-old Jackson Morris.
Both teenagers had near identical encounters with Edmond police officers that ended drastically different for each of them.
Both of their alleged girlfriends called the police because their boyfriends were tweaking as a result of the drugs they were taking.
Unlike Isaiah, Jackson had the luxury of getting his mug shot taken and seeing the inside of a jail cell.
Unlike Isaiah, who is now buried 6-feet under, Jackson had the privilege to post an $85,000 bail and is now free and walking among the public.
Had Jackson Morris been black, like Isaiah, I do believe that he would have been shot by Edmond police officers that day.
The criminal justice system worked for Jackson Morris, but it did not work for
Nehemiah D. Frank is the founder and executive editor of The Black Wall Street Times. He graduated from Harold Washington College in Chicago, IL, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Oklahoma State University. A rising voice in America, Nehemiah is a public speaker, blogger for EdPost, and has been featured on NBC, Blavity and other publications. Nehemiah is also an Educator, a Terence Crutcher Foundation honoree, a recipient of the 2017 METCares Foundation Community Impact Award, and a 2018 Oluko Fellow. He gave a TED Talk at The University of Tulsa in the spring of 2018 and is also a CAB member at the Tulsa World.