Saturday, August 27, 2016
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Thursday, August 25, 2016
I was watching CBS Sunday Morning and they were doing a piece on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show bandleader, Jon Batiste.
Talented musician, great fun, fabulous style, and oh so easy on the eyes … I may have to stay up late some time.
I originally posted about Martin Blackwell back in March — see post HERE — after he was arrested for pouring boiling water on a same-sex couple sleeping in an apartment, leaving them with severe burns that required surgery.
This week Blackwell was found guilty of eight counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated assault in the attack on Anthony Gooden and Marquez Tolbert; the defense called no witnesses and presented no evidence. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
The jury refused to accept Blackwell’s defense attorney, Monique Walker’s statement that this wasn’t about hate, but about “old-school culture, old-school thinking.”
I wonder if Monique would offer that same defense on a racist white man who poured boiling water on a black man. Hate is hate, Monique; stop trying to justify it as “old school” thinking.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Back in June I wrote about rapist, convicted rapist, Brock Allen Turner, who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman behind a dumpster until he was stopped and captured by a couple of other students—see post HERE.
At his trial, again, where was found guilty, Judge Aaron Persky sentenced the rapist to just six months in jail, saying:
"A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him."A.severe.Impact. On the rapist; the convicted rapist. No worries about the victim, mind you, but let’s protect the white, privileged rapist.
I remember thinking, at the time, how this could happen. I mean, Turner was seen raping the girl, he basically admitted to raping the girl, he was found guilty of raping the girl, and then got a slap on the wrist.
How does this happen? I still don’t know the answer, but it’s happened again … and again …
Austin James Wilkerson, a 22-year-old former University of Colorado student, admitted to sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman but will receive no jail time. He was sentenced to at least 20-years probation and two years of work or school release; for sexual assault.
During the rape, prosecutors say Wilkerson tried to make it seem as if he was caring for the intoxicated woman; he checked her pulse, her temperature, and gave her water. But then he began making sexual advances to the girl and when she rebuffed him he called her "a fucking bitch" and raped her.
He even told his friends, bragging actually, that he’d "fingered a girl” who had passed out; he says he let his hands wander — which at first he denied to the police — then went on to forcibly rape her and ejaculate on her stomach.
At the trial, he said it was consensual sex and that the girl was not passed out drunk and wanted him … "passionately." The same girl he’d bragged to friends that he fingers while she was unconscious.
And so he was tried and convicted of rape and during sentencing Judge Patrick Butler decided that putting Austin James Wilkerson in prison would not produce "a great result” even though the victim spoke out, asking Judge Butler to not protect Wilkerson:
"Worst of all is the victim blaming. If I hadn't been drunk, this wouldn't have happened. If I hadn't gotten separated, this wouldn't have happened.' Yet it was excusable for him to rape me because he was drunk? Have as much mercy for the rapist as he did for me that night."
But Judge Butler had no compassion for the victim, or at least nowhere near as much as he had for the convicted rapist:
"I've struggled, to be quite frank, with the idea of, 'Do I put him in prison?' I don't know that there is any great result for anybody. Mr. Wilkerson deserves to be punished, but I think we all need to find out whether he truly can or cannot be rehabilitated."
I wonder if Judge Butler might have the same reaction had Wilkerson raped one of his children, his sister, his mother. And I wonder if Judge Butler thinks his lenient sentencing might impact other cases of white men raping women … or make rapists trelaize that if they have the right skin color they can get away with rape ...
See, up in Massachusetts, 18-year-old David Becker was also charged with sexual assault … two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery against two young women.
The victims had been drinking at a party and had stayed after to help Becker and others clean up. The two girls and Becker went upstairs and talked for awhile until they fell asleep; then, both girls woke up to find David Becker sexually assaulting them.
The next day, David Becker sent a text apologizing to the girls for what he’s done, but in court, and found guilty, Judge Thomas Estes gave rapist David Becker two years of probation, ordered him to avoid drugs or alcohol and to stay away from his victims. He was also ordered to submit to sex offender treatment programs, but Judge Estes did not require him to register as a sex offender. As long as he doesn’t break his probation, no conviction will ever appear on his record.
Even more disgusting than yet another judge basically slapping a rapist on the wrist for sexual assault is Becker’s attorney, Thomas Rooke, who said, of the judge’s decision, that David Becker “can now look forward to a productive life without being burdened with the stigma of having to register as a sex offender. The goal of this sentence was not to impede this individual from graduating high school and to go onto the next step of his life, which is a college experience. We all made mistakes when we were 17, 18, 19 years old [but] putting this kid in jail for two years would have destroyed this kid’s life.”
Again, no mention of the victim’s lives; just a frat brother pat on the back about making a mistake … you know, the kind of mistake where you take you penis out and rape a girl … the kind of mistake where a drunk girl is an invitation for sexual assault.
I read these stories and I am shocked, but then I’m not. I might be more shocked had the rapist been black or Hispanic, because then the sentences probably would have been much more severe … but, in America, in the eyes of judges like Persky, Butler and Estes, left to right below, white men who sexually assault women, drunk or not, and are found guilty of the crimes, need not be punished, lest we disrupt their lives, and their college experience.
When you hear the term “white privilege” and wonder what it means, these three cases are a textbook example.