Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Feudalism Now (Updated)

I'll file this item in two places:

1. Local government decisions affect your life in enormous ways; you also have a greater say in local government decisions, should you so choose. Don't spend all your time complaining about folks screwing things up in Washington, D.C., when there are plenty of folks screwing things up down your street.

2. Follow through. Once you think you've "won" something, you have to make sure it is implemented correctly. Because progress-resistant forces, like roaches, will always find the little hole in the wall of your best intentions to squeeze through.


Update: Wednesday Lunch Break

Related - a black judge rejects plea deal for white defendant. The judge claims that DA would not be so lenient on a black defendant. Look for this issue to become the next "oppressed white people" meme on talk-radio and right-wing blogs.

If you don't think that DA's across this land statistically and consistently go easier on white people for the same crimes committed as black people, as many of the commentors on the MSNBC article seem to think, you just are not living in Reality.

Sorry.

You don't even have to read the research to understand the truth of this matter (PDF), you only have to live in the South for more than 15 minutes.

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3 comments:

DADvocate said...

If you don't think that DA's across this land statistically and consistently go easier on white people for the same crimes committed as black people, as many of the commentors on the MSNBC article seem to think, you just are not living in Reality.

When I worked as a juvenile probation officer in Tennessee in 1976-1977 the juvenile court judge was certainly harder on blacks.

However, this does not excuse the black judge's behavior whatsoever. Each case should be judged on it's merit and race is not an acceptable factor. For you to ignore this betrays a willingness to oppress, as long as the oppressor and oppressed fit your bias.
"“It could never be a correct justification that, because the whites oppressed us yesterday when they had power, that the blacks must oppress them today because they have power” - Robert Mugabe

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Each case should be judged on it's merit and race is not an acceptable factor.

This is exactly right, and exactly the stance want the criminal justice system to take in their actions. I think that is exactly what this judge was attempting to point out.

Boiling it down, this judge threw out a plea bargain and sentencing recommendation that he percieved were racially motivated. He did not increase the sentence, he noted quite publicly that sentences in similar instances are harsher. That isn't a willingness to oppress, it is a willingness to point out real existing inequalities.

If it is demonstrably provable that this DA's office consistently requests harsher punishments for similar crimes based on the race of the defendant, this judge is making a very serious and necessary point.

(Though I won't hold my breath on the media folks to do an actual evaluation of such cases in Pittsburgh.)

DADvocate said...

If it is demonstrably provable that this DA's office consistently requests harsher punishments for similar crimes based on the race of the defendant,...

Sadly, it wouldn't surprise me at all if such is the case. When I was a juvenile probation officer, I saw much of this, which is one reason I quit.