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Re: “A racist system

I think you misunderstood the posed question. It is not asking why they get in trouble when they break the law. It is saying many people ask this question as if to say, "if you know it is unfair, then YOU should be perfect to avoid it and you don't have to worry about the unfairness." That is not the correct way to look at it if your goal is for the system to be fair. Of course they should not break the law. No one should break the law. But if they do, they should have the same due process and fairness that a white person or wealthy person would receive that breaks the same law. We shouldn't settle for the application of the law being unfair and saying, "Well, be perfect and you wouldn't be treated unfairly." Instead, let's make the system a system where we are truly equal under the law.

Posted by J.O. on 09/22/2016 at 2:56 PM

Re: “A racist system

In response to the black on black crime statistic quoted by the commenter as some sort of racial anomaly...the white on white crime statistic is 80%. No one throws that around or poses questions about the cause of such a high rate of white on white violence in the white community. If they did it would highlight the fact that the vast majority of crime in general is same race regardless of race. It isn't unique to black people. It's unique to PEOPLE.

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Posted by J.O. on 12/11/2014 at 5:23 PM

Re: “A racist system

One point I would add to answer the question is that equal protection and due process shouldn't require you to first be a saint for those constitutional principals to apply. Even if one inserts themselves into the criminal justice system, his experience throughout should be dictated by the constitution not his or her race or class. A black suspect should have the same fair process as anyone else. Studies and stats have repeatedly shown that is not the case.

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Posted by J.O. on 12/11/2014 at 2:45 PM


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