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  •  Simple litmus test to those who say it isn't... (11+ / 0-)

    racially based.

    How would you feel if a white teenager, who did something similar, but in a Northern city with a black DA, black police officer, black principal, majority black population, majority black student body, was subjected to the same level of reaction and treatment?

    I don't even have to answer that one for you, do I?

    Tax and Spend I can understand. I can even understand Borrow and Spend. But Borrow and give Billionaires tax cuts? That I have a problem with.

    by LiberalCanuck on Thu May 02, 2013 at 12:02:59 PM PDT

    •  Fair question (3+ / 0-)
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      Lujane, Achillios0311, Avila

      I think I would blame bloody-minded stupidity and hatred of young people rather than racism in that case.

      (And I more than suspect the real case we're talking about is racially biased).

      Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

      by Dogs are fuzzy on Thu May 02, 2013 at 12:53:41 PM PDT

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    •  Except (1+ / 0-)
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      Achillios0311

      According to this story, the police officer called the prosecutor about the case.  As far as we know, the police officer didn't say, oh, btw the girl is black".  We also know the prosecutor hadn't laid eyes on the girl.  Until I know one of those two things definetivly happened, I'll remain unconvinced that this was racially motivated.

      •  For the officer to mention race when describing (4+ / 0-)
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        Angryallen, Lujane, a2nite, Avila

        the suspect would be pretty standard.  Completely routine, in fact: age, race, gender.  "We have a forty year old white male," or "I've detained a sixteen year old black female."  It would be striking if he didn't.

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        by Fiona West on Thu May 02, 2013 at 01:59:25 PM PDT

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        •  Well then (2+ / 0-)
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          harlinchi, Lujane

          I'd have to certainly reconsider my position if that was the case.  I'm not familiar with these procedures.  But for me to reconsider, I'd have to know that was said.  If it was, then I'd have to admit that the probability of racism being a factor goes up exponentially.

    •  Sure, here you go. (0+ / 0-)

      Yes, there was a white boy who did exactly the same thing, and he's already charged and in prison.

      http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/...

      So yes, this is only an issue if the bomber is a girl or nonwhite. Otherwise, nobody cares.

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