As a White person like many White people, I have been told most of my life that everyone regardless of skin color gets a fair shake in the so called justice system.
We (whites) grow up believing that when a injustices happen, that the injustice will be corrected by the courts and that justice will prevail ,then when a injustice occurs against a Person of Color we say to our collective White selves: the court and justice system will prevail and everything will be fine. What a lie , what a myth, lets take a look at a couple of cases involving Black men and see how justice prevailed.
Back in the summer of 1992 a unarmed white woman Vickie Weaver)was shot and killed by law enforcement (cops), the out cry was heard around the world, well known lawyers came forth to represent the family for free, congress held hearing and then gave the family three million some odd dollars, justice prevailed !
Fast forward to November 2006 in NYC a unarmed Black man (Sean Bell) was shot and killed in a hail of fifty bullets fired at him, today's (April 2008) result ? No world wide outrage, no hearings in congress, no money for the family, no high price lawyer volunteering their time to represent the family of the slain man and the shooters (cops)are acquitted, some justice huh ?
A couple of days ago Black actor Wesley Snipes was sent to prison for three years for failing to file his taxes, a few years ago White singer Willie Nelson was facing tax charges and issues, the result ? Willie didn't go to jail, his friends held concerts to help him bail him out of his tax issues, some justice huh ?
We (whites) need to wake up, we need to ask ourselves that if we live in a nation of "law and order" why is that people of different races more often than not get more"law and less order" then people who look like me.
Eye On Hate