I write this 106 years after the birth of Thurgood Marshall, a Baltimore-born civil rights lawyer and later a Supreme Court justice who helped end segregation in America. Marshall understood and respected the humanity and innate equality of all people. He fought tirelessly on behalf of America's weakest and most vulnerable individuals — those deemed inferior simply because of the color of their skin. For the past 12 years, I too have been deemed inferior, because I am a "detainee." The U.S. government says I do not have the right to be treated as human. It says that I have committed serious crimes that cannot be ignored. But, if that is true, all I ask for is proof. But the government cannot even offer me that. And it refuses to let me go, despite having cleared my release years ago, claiming concerns for my safety.