Those progressives that stridently demand “racial justice” for minorities should remember that Lady Justice is depicted blindfolded for a reason. As author and self-styled amateur historian, Christopher Nuttall,so succinctly wrote, “Where justice is blind, there is justice; where justice sees, there is no justice.” What groups like Black Lives Matter, the progressive media, and liberal politicians promote is undermining our justice system and will lead to greater, not less racial tension.
To be honest, the United States has had a difficult time trying to achieve the goal of a fair and impartial justice system. The rich and powerful have always had an advantage over the poor and powerless. Minorities especially have suffered. In the post-Civil War and pre-Civil Rights South Jim Crow laws let white juries routinely convict black defendants while acquitting whites. That was wrong. But, finally, after the Civil Rights movement that started to change.
Yes the rich, powerful, or famous still had an advantage. Ted Kennedy walked after Chappaquiddick and Robert Blake wasn’t convicted of killing his wife, but for a while race wasn’t such a major factor in our justice system. Then, liberals feeling guilt for their perceived white privilege, and African-American race baiters looking for payback, started to tamper with our justice system. Their idea of racial justice, like affirmative action, tries to make two wrongs equal a right.
In 1991 Rodney King III resisted arrest and was beaten by police. The liberal news media repeatedly played a video of the incident sometimes actually looping the video to make it appear to last longer than it did. When the officers were acquitted the L.A. riots broke out. The officers were retried. The message was that if you don’t like the verdict riot and you’ll get a retrial and a better verdict.
In 1995 O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder by a predominantly black jury. The liberal media had written numerous stories about Simpson many slanted toward his innocence. Time magazine went so far as to darken his image on their cover to make him look blacker. While Simpson benefited from being both famous and rich enough to hire a dream team of lawyers to defend him, racial justice was an element in the trial. It was definitely divisive as the majority of whites thought he was guilty while the majority of blacks thought he was innocent.
In 2006 Crystal Gail Mangum, an African-American student at North Carolina Central University falsely accused three white Duke University lacrosse players of raping her. The major media and many persons commenting on the case, including the District Attorney prosecuting the case, stated or suggested that the alleged rape was a hate crime. A year later charges were dropped, by the North Carolina Attorney General who said the defendants were victims of a “tragic rush to accuse.”
In 2012, George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The major media and even members of Congress rushed to judgment. NBC actually altered the tape of Zimmerman’s 911 call to make him appear racist. Even President Obama joined in saying that if he had a son he would look like Trayvon. The media continually showed a years old picture of an angelic looking Trayvon rather than pictures of what Trayvon actually looked like just before he was shot. None of this is conducive to a fair trial, but it matched the racial justice agenda, even though they had to label Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic” to get the full effect. (These same people don’t label our President as a “white African-American.”)
As bad as that was, it got worse in 2014 when Officer Darren Wilson shot 18 year old Michael Brown to death in Ferguson, Missouri. Again the rush to judgment was sickening. The victim was black, the officer not just white, but blond. It fit the racial justice guidelines perfectly. The major media was quick to support the racial justice story line. They continuously repeated the hands up, don’t shoot version of events invented by Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson. They echoed the family’s version of Michael Brown as a “gentle giant” who was looking forward to college in just a couple of days. When forensic evident and testimony of other witnesses showed that wasn’t what happened the grand jury dismissed the charges and riots once again broke out.
And now most recently we come to the Baltimore trial of six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. In yet another rush to judgment the state’s attorney for Baltimore, Marilyn Mosby, quickly charged them with some very serious crimes, including murder. It should be noted that in her announcement of the charges she said, “I have heard your calls for ‘No justice, no peace. However, your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of Freddie Gray.” She should have said she wanted to deliver justice, period, not just justice for Freddie Gray. That’s the problem with racial justice. It isn’t blind.
These are just of few of better known cases. How many other incidents of bias justice have there been? What does that do to our faith in a fair trial? Obviously, nothing good. Justice should strive to be as unbiased and impartial as humanly possible. When it takes into account skin color or past wrongs, it is neither.
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