On Survivor: Vanuatu and Survivor: Micronesia, Eliza Orlins was a fan favorite contestant known for her facial expressions and the infamous "stick" meltdown. Her Survivor days are long behind her, however, and she now spends her time as a New York public defender. (In case you don't watch a lot of crime dramas on TV, a public defender represents people charged with a crime when they can't afford a lawyer themselves). In a recent tweet, Orlins highlighted the difference in how the justice system treats wealthy criminals and poor ones.
I've had a client in since APRIL on a $1,000 bond for pot. His own friggin' pot. Not dealing. There are just no words ... SMFH— Deidre VanHeirseele (@JustDnoes) November 5, 2017
Rarely. The majority of my clients are young men of color.— Eliza Orlins (@eorlins) November 5, 2017
Meanwhile, Kalief Browder 16 arrested for stealing a 🎒in ‘10, sent to Rikers b/c his family couldn’t afford $10,000 bond - never formally charged, but spent 3 years at Rikers, 400 days in solitary. Wouldn’t take plea b/c he was innocent. Case dismissed in ‘13. Suicide ‘15.— FlyEaglesFlyNC (@AppStateJen) November 5, 2017
It’s true. He’s been fighting it for years and hoped Trumpty would put a sympathetic IRS Director in to “make it go away.” 😡😡— KLaRiv (@CapeQueen75) November 5, 2017
Mercer spent millions on Breitbart, Cambridge Analytica, Trump’s campaign/staff trying to get a friendly President elected.— Cheryl Burkhalter (@Maddcat21) November 5, 2017
"This country has socialism for the rich, rugged individualism for the poor." - Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.— Jen S (@jensimeo) November 5, 2017
We need to be aware. Step out of our comfort zone and see what is happening, what is affecting others outside our circle. Speak out and demand change for these injustices.— FlyEaglesFlyNC (@AppStateJen) November 5, 2017
'Whatever is done to the least of us, is done to ourselves.'— David Childers (@DavidChildersKS) November 5, 2017
We should care about each and every human being on Earth. Because we are all 1.
It looks like Eliza's point was well-received. We all dream of a day when public defenders won't have any reason to tweet about the inequality of the wealthy and the poor in the eyes of justice.