Civil or Criminal: The Double Standard Application of Law Still Applies

Civil or Criminal: The Double Standard Application of Law Still Applies

Sanford : FL : USA | Apr 15, 2012 at 6:08 PM PDT
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AirPlane Mode Episode 32: Double Standard

William H. "Bill" Cosby said there is no point in calling George Zimmerman of Sanford, Florida a "racist." What he did say is that the police, the courts, and the judicial system surrounding this case has been horribly un-American.

I guess, in a sense, Mr. Cosby, racism itself is supposed to be un-American, so I get your point.

Now for the facts of the matter, because there is always, even in civil matters such as the one I recently encountered, a double standard applied to the laws as they stand. It never matters that black people are sitting on the bench when these things happen ... they are subject to the same racist (or un-American, for Mr. Cosby) guidelines that were sitting there in the first place.

In one instance, we have a white guy who chases and guns down a young black man in cold blood ... for no reason. The police report itself reads "unnecessary homicide." In the other instance, we have a black man in Georgia (surprise, surprise, y'all) who got arrested for shooting a white suspect WHO WAS AN ACTUAL INTRUDER at the time he was shot.

The government jackal who underwrote the "Stand Your Ground" law in Florida says it was intended for homeowners to protect their property ... not for unauthorized "night watchmen" who are supposed to be watching, not killing.

So, how easy and fast was it to arrest the black man who stood his ground and shot an intruder on his property, while Zimmerman, who "suspected" Trayvon Martin was "up to something" chased him, shot him in the back as he screamed for help, and then stood over him with his foot on his back like some conquering jungle monkey, according to witnesses, and didn't even attempt to turn him over or help him after he shot him, walked away for nearly two months before he was arrested?

If that isn't a double standard, a high priority case of racism, police and judicial misconduct, and a bad case of the most un-American (thank you Mr Cosby) application of justice and law we've ever seen, along with the ones I've witnessed for myself, I don't know what is.

It means that the laws, as they stand, apply only to protect whites; never black people, when it comes to their own laws, their own rights, and their own lives. And it means that even a white person who kills, steals from, destroys, assaults, and attacks a black person is exempt from the law. They can even show up in court with fabricated evidence, falsified documents, and more than one case of a false police report, and still prevail ... and more than likely may have a police officer and/or a judge backing them up in the pretense.

And that, in turn, means a white person can leverage their race in any courtroom in America and prevail even when the evidence is pointing the way. It is usually done by pulling out the "pieces" of a case that back them in the lies, and ignoring or overlooking the big picture that leads to complete innocence, or convicts the person who should be convicted.

In other words, only white people can "stand their ground." Some other application of the same rule applies to blacks, even when someone is breaking into and/or stealing their property.


Stand your ground laws are meant to give legal cover for citizens to protect their lives on their own property, and if a person is legitimately in fear of their life, one might justify the use of deadly force as a last resort. John McNeil is spending the rest of his life in prison because he did use deadly force to protect his own life on his own property, but all appearances inform that George Zimmerman may be acquitted because there is no way to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he did not fear for his life and was therefore justified in murdering Trayvon Martin. Apparently, stand your ground and Castle Doctrine laws do establish reasonableness for justifiable homicide, but only if the victim is African American and it leaves one to ponder; how many other African Americans are spending the rest of their lives in prison because the stand your ground laws are not applied equally."

I'd say more than likely, QUITE A FEW...probably up to 70-80-percent of them are in there for reason of unequally applied laws, even when it comes to arrest and conviction on drug and other lesser charges.

And as for the two Tulsa shooters who just decided to have a field day on some black people (who had nothing to do with any of it) just because they could ... turns out the "effin' enner" (according to Jake England) that killed England's father actually was defending himself.

True enough, he (Jefferson) had priors, but if Martin had attacked Zimmerman with a baseball bat, we wouldn't be having this conversation.


Of course, Zimmerman couldn't have possibly committed a hate crime. A couple of his best friends are black.

I'm a child of the 60s and 70s. People, where have we heard 'that one' before?

Reference: (only one of hundreds...)

Marissa Alexander: The SYG laws are made to protect whites only and to allow unarmed black folk to be gunned down in the streets, breaking the law or not. Not meant for black women or black men trying to protect themselves in their own homes.

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This kind of sentencing disparity is rooted in old 'slave' laws, even the very fact of slavery itself. Back then ... a white person who steals is given seven years with six and one-half of those on probation and the rest in some kind of "indentured servitude." Black man who steals - sentenced to life in prison or a lifetime of servitude on some plantation working for free for the rest of his life. Different day, same attitudes. It's what happens when you don't watch who gets elected to office, who is on your police force, and who sits on the Bench in the judicial system.
greeneink is based in Denver, Colorado, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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