"A Jacksonville woman whose case generated outrage when she was sentenced to 20 years in prison may end up behind bars for 60 years for the same crime.
The Office of State Attorney Angela Corey will seek to put Marissa Alexander in prison for 60 years, essentially a life sentence, if it succeeds in convicting her for a second time for firing a shot in the direction of her estranged husband and two of his children. Her trial is scheduled to begin on July 28.
Alexander, 33, was previously convicted in 2012 of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Circuit Judge James Daniel under the state’s 10-20-life law. Daniel actually imposed three separate 20-year sentences on Alexander but ordered that they be served concurrently, which meant Alexander would get out in 20 years.”
please boost her fundraiser for a strong legal defense team!!!
On the morning of George Zimmerman’s acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murder earlier this year, with the mainstream media raising the specter of riots, blogger Jay Smooth made a prediction: ‘The fundamental danger of an acquittal is not more riots, it is more George Zimmermans.’
There were no riots. There have been more George Zimmermans."
Felony Disenfranchisement is highest in the former slave states and states with a history of civil rights violations like Florida and North Carolina. Today’s red states—particularly in the bible belt—where the Republican voting base is strongest, appear to have vested racist and political interests in permanantly separating Black people from their right to vote
Note:This link provides information on each state’s voting laws for those with a felony record
I’ve been trying to signal boost Black voices in the past few days, because they are much more important than mine, and much more likely to be purposely ignored or silenced.
But of course, White people are certainly relevant, because White people (and people who benefit, in this situation if not all situations, from White supremacy) killed Trayvon Martin, and we also found George Zimmerman not guilty of his death.
While Zimmerman may not always be considered White, as blackraincloud and others have pointed out, the changing demographics of the US mean that people who have not BEEN White are going to BECOME White. It’s happened before and it is how White supremacy reinforces its hold (not that a numerical majority is required for supremacy). In the moment that the cops showed up and tested a dead Black child for drugs but not the man who killed him, the power of White supremacy was being assigned to Zimmerman even if it was only temporary.
White supremacy teaches us that POC, but especially Black people, are not human, that they do not suffer pain or have dreams, that they are inherently threatening because they exist. It teaches us, as it has since chattel slavery, that Black men are a particular danger to White women, like those who made up almost the entirety of the Zimmerman jury.
White supremacist political systems, which have been of late outdoing themselves in the disenfranchisement of low-income people and POC in general, but especially Black men, created Stand Your Ground laws that recent research has shown make it even easier for White people to kill Black people without consequence than it was previously—while the race of perpetrator and victim have always affected outcomes and sentencing, in a state with SYG laws, a White person who kills a Black person is 354% more likely to be found “justified” than a White person who kills another White person (compared to 250% more likely in states without them).
And of course, that’s if they go to trial in the first place; as you may recall, the state of Florida didn’t even want to prosecute Zimmerman (while at the same time prosecuting a Black woman for firing warning shots in the presence of her abuser, injuring no one; Marissa Alexander received a 20-year sentence in 2012 despite her case seeming like a clear-cut example of what SYG is meant to legitimize). White supremacist ideology and law set up Black children as monsters and justify a total lack of attention and resources to investigating their murders, let alone prosecuting them.
None of this means that the members of the jury are not culpable, as some people are suggesting. If race didn’t influence how jurors interpreted the evidence presented to them, we wouldn’t still see clear under-representation of Black people on juries, even after controlling for the effects of a heavily biased criminal justice system that disproportionately convicts Black people of crimes and then bars those convicted from political and legal participation like jury duty and voting. White juries do not reach the same conclusions that actually racially representative juries do, and people are not primarily removed from juries because of an inability to be “impartial,” whatever the hell that is presumed to mean. I didn’t need Juror B37 basically admitting on national TV that she had already decided Zimmerman was not guilty when the trial began to know that.
These jurors are White women who ultimately decided that White supremacy was more valuable and in need of protection than a Black child.
The murderer, the laws, the police, the courts, the jurors: they are all part of White supremacy. I’m not victimized by it, which means I am part of it, too. I have an obligation to fight back against it, but I will never have a first-hand understanding of it the way that POC, especially Black people, do.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback MICHAEL VICK, after adopting a dog back in October. He was recently spotted inside a pet store in New Jersey attending a training / obedience course for his dog.
(via the New York Daily News)
I understand people not liking Michael Vick to a certain degree but it’s incredibly off-putting when people are like, frothing-at-the-mouth passionately angry about him being allowed to play football again or, idk, be alive
Especially when it’s people who have never gotten remotely as mad over NFL players with histories of abusing women
Like, what is the fucking point of the justice system if we’re not going to allow people to do their time and then come back and have lives again, might as well just shoot anybody who’s committed a crime if we’re going to be like that
Black man tangentially involved in the abuse of dogs does hard time and still gets shit for it, white man directly involved in multiple sexual assaults gets a slap on the wrist from the league and nobody cares
Honestly, it sounds like he is legitimately trying to ensure that his kids grow up respecting and caring for animals so that they would never treat animals cruelly—against all odds (considering how we structure and run our institutions), a case of real rehabilitation.
Gay and transgender youth, particularly gender nonconforming girls, are up to three times more likely to experience harsh disciplinary treatment by school administrators than their heterosexual counterparts.
As with racial disparities in school discipline, these higher rates of punishment do not correlate to higher rates of misbehavior among gay and transgender youth.
LGBT youth make up 13-15 percent of the juvenile justice system, even though they make-up only 5–7 percent of the population overall, and 60 percent of these youth are black or Latino.
This high rate of contact with the system is due in part to harsh school sanctions often based on their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity."
Joseph Weinberg & Michael Biernbaum, Conversations of Consent: Sexual Intimacy without Sexual Assault (via cocknbull)
96%…wow just wow.
but someone please tell me how jim crow is over. please. and why the hell we don’t talk about this as an aspect of rape culture.