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Thursday, September 4, 2014

 

The Color of Justice

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/color-justice


Comments:
This is a ing indictment. If anyone were to admit that they preferred the death penalty, life without parole, or harsh sentences because they believe the perpetrators of violent crimes are more likely to be black or Hispanic, we would immediately condemn them as the worst sort of racist. If a prosecutor, judge, or juror expressed such a sentiment, any resulting conviction or sentence would be swiftly overturned. No one admits that they feel this way, but the studies recounted by the Sentencing Project suggest that this is precisely what many white Americans feel.

But the Sentencing Project study, coupled with Ferguson’s reminder of just how racially divided our perceptions of crime and justice remain, suggests that, if we are to achieve real reform, we must first own up to the racism that underlies our criminal law. Until we acknowledge that the white majority’s often inaccurate association of crime and race contributes to the inhumane policies we maintain, we will not be able to make good on the promise of equal treatment that is essential to the legitimacy of any criminal-justice system.”

I could not agree more with the above statements. When confronted with the truth repubs tend to revert to two types of behavior: Denial of fact and Denial of impact.

Denial of fact: In this form of denial, someone avoids a fact by utilizing deception. This lying can take the form of an outright falsehood (commission), leaving out certain details to tailor a story (omission), or by falsely agreeing to something (assent, also referred to as "yessing" behavior). Someone who is in denial of fact is typically using lies to avoid facts they think may be painful to themselves or others.

Denial of impact: Denial of impact involves a person's avoiding thinking about or understanding the harms of his or her behavior has caused to self or others, i.e. denial of the consequences. Doing this enables that person to avoid feeling a sense of guilt and it can prevent him or her from developing remorse or empathy for others. Denial of impact reduces or eliminates a sense of pain or harm from poor decisions.
"This is a d@mning"
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