Thursday, July 25, 2013

Racial discrimination is alive and well.

Representative Andy Harris of Maryland had this to say about George Zimmerman's acquittal:  "We're hung up on this one case where this one fellow was in fact found not guilty by a jury. That's the way the American law system works. Get over it."

But he left out something. That's the way the American law system works if you are white. If you are black, the system works very differently.

Consider the case of Marissa Alexander.

According to the Washington Post of July 15, 2013: "Marissa Alexander, a 32-year-old mother of three, fired what she described as a warning shot in the direction of her husband — against whom she had a protective order — and two stepsons. No one was injured, but she was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 20 years.” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2013/07/15/6030be5a-ed5c-11e2-9008-61e94a7ea20d_story.html)

"Attempted murder" by a black woman earns her 20 years in prison; a murder is actually committed by a white man, and the murderer goes free.

That is how the American law system works.