Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The rich white man just can't get a break in this country.

This really makes me sick.


Imagine this: In a Southern town, a woman accuses several men of rape. Despite the woman's limited credibility and ever-shifting story, the community and its legal establishment immediately decide the men are guilty. Their protestations of innocence are dismissed out of hand, exculpatory evidence is ignored.

The Duke rape case, right? No, the Scottsboro case that began in 1931, in the darkest days of the Jim Crow South.

The two cases offer a remarkable insight into how very, very far this country has come in race relations, and alas, in some ways how little. For race is central to why both cases became notorious. In Scottsboro, Ala., of course, the accusers were white and the accused was black. In Durham, N.C., it was the other way around.

Read the whole thing. One constant factor -- the news media's performance sucked both times.

Just absolutely grotesque. Here's the fate of the Scottsboro boys, who were charged in 1931:
In July, 1937, Clarence Norris was convicted of rape and sexual assault and sentenced to death, Andy Wright was convicted of rape and sentenced to 99 years, and Charlie Weems was convicted and sentenced to 75 years in prison. Ozie Powell pleaded guilty to assaulting the sheriff and was sentenced to 20 years.
What's totally missing from Putz's ridiculous analogy, of course, is any mention of class. I'm pretty sure the Duke kid that just landed the 6-figure gig on Wall Street fared better than these guys, don't you?

The reason Putz and his ilk were so obsessed with this local news story is because it feeds their "white males are under seige in this country" narrative. Just pathetic.

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