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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Double Standard For Black Victims May Be On Its Way Out

Double Standard For Black Victims May Be On Its Way Out

A nation inured to wanton murder was nevertheless shocked by this one: In November 2010, a group of four young men milling about as a party ended attacked another teen, randomly picking him as the victim of their vicious assault. Bobby Tillman, 18, did nothing to provoke his assailants to knock him to the ground and kick and stomp him to death.

The crime occurred outside a suburban Atlanta home after parents called a halt to a teen party that had gotten out of control. This was no beating by members of a rival gang, no attack set off by longstanding grudges or old misunderstandings. There was no evidence that the mob who set upon Tillman knew anything about him.

Instead, the ringleader was apparently upset when he was struck by a girl involved in a fight with someone else. He vowed to attack the next young man that he saw. When he and his buddies were done, one life was snuffed out and four others were likely ruined.

There is no silver-lining here, no happy ending: Monique Rivarde, Tillman’s mother, will receive justice but not closure. She will continue to grieve her unfathomable loss.

Nevertheless, there is buried in this depressing story about a murder involving black adolescents a reminder of racial progress, a subtle hint about changing times, an update on the story of a biased criminal justice system. Douglas County District Attorney David McDade sought the death penalty for one of the assailants, a move that was by no means an obvious one. In doing so, he helped to upgrade the worth of young black men — so often discounted by a judicial system that does not weigh lives equally.

In a trial just concluded, the jury deadlocked on the issue of punishment after finding Tracen Franklin guilty in Tillman’s death. (One young man earlier pled guilty; two others face trial.) That means that Franklin will not face execution. That’s just as well.

I am no fan of the death penalty. Even at its best, it places the state in the position of taking a life for a life, an “eye for an eye” — a dubious moral proposition. At its worst, capital punishment is capricious and unfair.

  • Ed

    In my heart I believe strongly in the death penalty, particularly for those crimes which are heinous and bestial. But my mind say “The American Justice System SUX!” Cops only want to close cases. Prosecutors only want to get reelected by showing how they are “tough on crime”. Juries only want to “get out of there!” Justice is a JOKE!

    • michelle knight

      Frankly I canNOT understand why Child-Pornography/Rape/Incest/Sexual-Abuse under any name are NOT punishable by DEATH!!!!! NOT ONLY would killing the Sick B******s rid the world of some danger, but it would also get a lot of these STUPID/WEAK/SPITEFUL/CARELESS {supposed} Mothers to stand up for their children rather than the Animals who in essence have served a Death-Penalty of sorts to the Child{ren} they use & abuse!!!!!!!!!! 34 1/2yrs. ago I was handed this Death-Penalty, it does NOT go away, it has affected me & will for life, I NOT only lost my Childhood/Self-Worth/& any indication that I had value to anyone. I lost my Mother too, because even though she believes in her heart that her husband did this to me she HELPS cover his Lies & Deceptions!!! In general I know and understand that we are told as humans NOT to take lives, but what makes any more right for one set or type of sub-human beings to be given a pass for taking Childrens lives and NOT having the mercy to kill them, but they should be able to live and prosper?!!!!!

  • Jim Lou

    The problem with the death penalty is the finality of it. What happens if a person were really innocent?

    There was a case where defendant was denied the right to have case overturned. Even though there was evidence to show doubt on the defendant having committed the crime, the court of appeals said that as long as the defendant had a “fair” trial then there was no redresss necessary. The execution went forward.

  • jjrjon

    The America’s justice system sucks. It’s similar to a Kangaroo Court. People committing the same type Offence receive different sentences. Why? People of color are further divided into different groups and given more severe sentences than their white counterparts who commit the same crime. Why? If you have money it’s a whole new different ball game. The whole American justice system is purely designed as a money making machine for the State. 99.9/10% of the cases seen before the courts involve the exchange of money, its part of the Police State Mentality developed by our America justice system. If a person is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt for a capital crime he/she has committed that person should be executed in a timely manner and not placed on death roll for 20 to 30 years as the State provides free medical, free dental, free clothing, free shelter, free meals, and free TV, while deciding what to do. The Death Penalty has its place and should be use accordingly. It’s cruel and unusual punishment to keep a grieving family in suspense (without closure) while the Offender enjoys prison live as his victim lay’s in the grave.

  • SaneJane

    Prisons are big business and the courts feed them a steady supply of blacks, Hispanics and poor whites. This has gotten worse with the large increase in the number of private for-profit prisons. This is just another form of slavery. Greed is ruining our country.

  • joyscarbo

    “…University of Iowa law professor David Baldus found that during the 1980s, prosecutors in Georgia sought the death penalty for 70 percent of black defendants with white victims, but for only 15 percent of white defendants with black victims.”

    I wish I could say that I’m surprised by this, but I’m not. Even poor whites get better treatment than all blacks. That’s a pretty grim reality for our country.

    Afew years ago, a white boy told two black boys to leave his party. The black boys were with an invited guest at the party. As the boys left in the car they came in, the white boy shot at the car, killng one of the black boys. The death penalty was never sought by the state of Alabama for this black boys death, who was unarmed and shot in the back. The authorities published stern warnings in the local papers for the black community to “think twice” before they protested the procedings.
    Who says racism isn’t alive and well?!

    • daniel bostdorf

      Cynthia….your last sentence speaks volumes:

      “I am no fan of the death penalty. Even at its best, it places the state in the position of taking a life for a life, an “eye for an eye” — a dubious moral proposition. At its worst, capital punishment is capricious and unfair.”

      But your entire article is missing the core element of the “Double Standard For Black Victims May Be On Its Way Out.”

      That element has absolutely NOTHING to do with sex or color.

      It has to do with brain chemistry disorders that causes behavior in ALL people of all, faiths, colors, and sexes. It sentences them to prison and set them up for the “death penalty” all, because of body chemistry dosorders, and socio-economic disparity between the 1% and the 99%.

      The double standard is that the rich buy their way out of their medical condition.
      Those who cannot afford a competent defense go to jail and get executed.

      The double standard for black victims is directly tied to the issue of mental illness that knows no color.

      THAT is the real reason the double standard will be on its way out.

      The state has absolutely no moral or ethical justification to kill anyone in the name of justice….

  • daniel bostdorf

    Cynthia….your last sentence speaks volumes:

    “I am no fan of the death penalty. Even at its best, it places the state in the position of taking a life for a life, an “eye for an eye” — a dubious moral proposition. At its worst, capital punishment is capricious and unfair.”

    But your entire article is missing the core element of the “Double Standard For Black Victims May Be On Its Way Out.”

    That element has absolutely NOTHING to do with sex or color.

    It has to do with brain chemistry disorders that causes behavior in ALL people of all, faiths, colors, and sexes. It sentences them to prison and set them up for the “death penalty” all, because of body chemistry dosorders, and socio-economic disparity between the 1% and the 99%.

    The double standard is that the rich buy their way out of their medical condition.
    Those who cannot afford a competent defense go to jail and get executed.

    The double standard for black victims is directly tied to the issue of mental illness that knows no color.

    THAT is the real reason the double standard will be on its way out.

    The state has absolutely no moral or ethical justification to kill anyone in the name of justice….

  • There is still HOPE, for even the Republican governorof Illinois, disgraced for other things, left office only after placing amoratorium on the death penalty. All people of faith should see that the death penalty, if excused by”eye for an eye” comment, does not lead to justice, but a world full of blind people. Oh, excuse me, that leaves one person in the world with one eye. Were justice here really blind, there would be no death penalty, for it is cheaper for the state to imprison someone for life without parole than it is to pursue the death penalty, something those who love the death penalty should consider, if they don’t want to consider the inequality of its application.

    • daniel bostdorf

      Very well stated.

  • This brings back the memories of OJ, when a white person is killed or dies of a maybe a black man the story never dies down but when a black man dies from a white then starts some excusses and some explanations, to me whites or blacks there is one thing in common they all have some red liquid some call it blood, and if I am right the colour is red.To be respected you have to respect the other. When I was growing up I always get a football as my Christmas presents but it stays with me for just some few days then it goes to our neighbors kids who will only mark it or dye it and it is no more my, but my mother always promise to get me another, which she does . I will love y neighbors if I have seen some signs that they love me too.

  • daniel bostdorf

    Cynthia Tuckers statistics, however, should not be forgotten as well as the fact that brain chemistry disorders cause mental illness and psychotic breaks for all humans. Nothing to do with color or sex. Just a “cause and effect” scenario.

    Quoting Tucker:

    “The history of capital punishment shows a double standard. Several studies have proved that the killers of white victims are executed far more often than the killers of black victims. In a famous study, University of Iowa law professor David Baldus found that during the 1980s, prosecutors in Georgia sought the death penalty for 70 percent of black defendants with white victims, but for only 15 percent of white defendants with black victims.”

  • Savage minded monkey brained animals always resort to violence to solve any problem or situation that confronts them.