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Things like this contribute to my generally low opinion of American "justice."

Drug Court Sympathetic to Affluent Frat Boy
Christopher Duncan of Copiague, NY is thanking his lucky stars that he was born a white, rich, child. This week, his lucky accident of birth earned him a free pass in a federal drug court that fell all over itself to spare him the humiliation of going to prison for knowingly breaking the law.

Boo, hiss.

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jongibbs From: jongibbs Date: July 3rd, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
So much for blind justice.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 3rd, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)


Sometimes minorities and women and poor people get a pass. However, that happens for them far less frequently than it does for white people, men, and rich people. When someone is white and male AND rich, the chance of him getting a pass for even quite egregious behavior is much higher than average.

When one group of people gets a pass far more often than other groups of people, that is what "privilege" and "discrimination" are all about. And the statistics of the American court system and jail populations make it gruesomely obvious that is what happens. I disapprove of this, and do not wish for it to continue. It reflects badly on the country that so many people insist is "great." I don't think it's an accident that a lot of those people are white men with at least enough money to live on.
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asakiyume From: asakiyume Date: July 3rd, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

creative misreading

I read the headline as "affluent fat boy"
fayanora From: fayanora Date: July 4th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Reading about athletes and/or rich people getting special treatment for who they are makes me wish I wasn't such a peacenik. I have the perfect idea for where I could hide the bodies if I were a violent person.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 4th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)


Or we could just write stories in which foolish rich boys who rely on privilege too much Come To A Bad End. There used to be fairytales along those lines.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: July 4th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmm...

From: catherinew Date: July 4th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I know all about this, having attended a rich all-girls Catholic high school. One of my classmates had quite a reputation for this and that. One time, she was flagrantly speeding and got pulled over doing 90 mph or so. She appeared in court in her Catholic schoolgirl uniform, and her lawyer turned out to have gone to school with the judge.

The judge (who was a woman, if that's worth anything) took one look at my classmate and let her off without any penalty at all... because, you know, no one who looked so sweet and pure could possibly do anything wrong.
From: browngirl Date: July 4th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always tell people that I grew up in the Bronx and the only drug dealers I've ever met were wealthy White boarding school classmates of mine. It's amusing the way this article is amusing (in a laugh or fall over from rage kind of way).
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 4th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)


I think people get stereotypes in their head, like "drug dealers are black," and they forget that other possibilities can occur. It's good to remind people.

Around here, the drug dealers tend to be white, either poor (meth) or well-to-do (fancier stuff, often prescription).

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