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    Upper West

    I dunno. We passed the Civil War amendments, the Civil Rights Act, and have enacted a host of anti-discrimination laws, erected a large anti-discrimination bureaucracy, and have spent tens of billions on attempts to ensure a more equal society. If that isn't recognition of the wrongs of the past and an effort to redress injury, I don't know what is. Is there room to improve—sure. But IMO you paint an unjustifiably bleak picture with way too broad a brush.

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      I see it on a daily basis. Until you've walked into a holding tank outside of a court, it's difficult to fathom exactly what I'm talking about. Try to find a respectable looking white face in those tanks; you can't do it. It's young and old black men, a large number of Latino men, and black women of all ages. If you see a white woman or a white man, they're poor, homeless, or both. But maybe Houston is different from everywhere else. My suspicion is that it's a lot like other places, especially in the South.

      Frankly, I think one of the reasons why institutionalized racism continues to persist is precisely because of responses like yours. Even well-meaning people like yourself believe that things like the "Civil War amendments, the Civil Rights Act, etc." have done substantial work in ensuring justice. That's a nice thought, but it's an unrealized dream.

      Laws only register as a "recognition" of past wrongs if their wording AND their effect take action to correct those past wrongs. As it stands, we have facially neutral laws that are far too easy to manipulate and apply in a racially disparate way. And we're too busy patting ourselves on the back for the empty promises of racial reform to see that those reforms haven't taken hold in the criminal system.

      "I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil." ~Bobby Kennedy

      by Grizzard on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 12:38:17 PM PST

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      •  I married a black woman, and she tells me (0+ / 0-)

        stories,
        such as her day in court,
        when she was in a car crash,
        and her car insurance was not in effect,
        since she was a day late on her premium payment,
        and she was not given any leniency.

        The very next case
        was a white woman,
        nearly the same facts bearing on the case,
        late on paying her premium,
        was in a crash.

        The white woman was let off.

        At that point,
        my Tonia shouted at the judge,
        "That's fuckin unfair.  The only reason you're in the position you're in, is that you never got caught.  Or maybe you got leniency, like you gave this bitch.  You wipe your ass the same way I wipe mine!"

        The judge said,
        "You shut up!"

        Tonia said,
        "No.  Fuck that!  If anything's supposed to be happening, we should both be walking out of here today, not her getting let out on O.R., and me getting six months probation."

        Tonia got and a week's worth of jail, for contempt of court, and lost her job.

        Anyway.

        Thanks again.

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