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Casey Anthony, Sensationalism, And The Race Card.

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After the verdict came back on Casey Anthony yesterday, a friend of mine posted this on his Facebook account: ” If Casey Anthony were a person of color, she would have been thrown under the jail (Paraphrased).” Since my friend is a person of color himself, I can’t blame him for feeling like that. Whether one accepts it or not, it is gospel that our justice system treats people of color in a harsh and prejudicial manner. No one will ever convince me otherwise, don’t even bother to try. However, in this instance, I must strongly disagree with my friend.

Casey Anthony wasn’t found not guilty because she is white; she was found not guilty because the prosecution failed to prove their case. For me, it’s that simple. Again, no one will convince me otherwise. Having said that, I do believe that if she was convicted, the “race card” could have easily been put into play. Indulge me a moment, and picture this scenario: Two people are convicted for committing similar crimes; one person is black, the other white. In almost every instance, the black person will receive a harsher sentence. Most of us would like to believe it’s not true, but that is the ugly reality in our country. In fact, after 9-11, it’s gotten worse. People of color in this country are viewed with suspicion, as well as profiled, wrongly accused, and given maximum sentences when convicted.

If Anthony was convicted, she would have gotten life in prison. If she was Hispanic or African American, she would have received the death sentence. It’s that black and white for me, there is no gray. I believe that race was a factor in the turbo charged media coverage as well. Stay with me here.

15,880- That’s the yearly average of murders in the U.S. since 2008, when Caylee Anthony was murdered by her mother. 1- That’s how many of those cases that were rabidly followed by the national media: The Casey Anthony trial. Why is this? Because Caylee Anthony was young and beautiful… And white. If this were a family of color, the case would have barely received a mention outside the Orlando area. No one outside the African American community would have been as outraged as this, and that’s a tragedy in itself.

Children of color are murdered everyday, and barely receive a mention. A white girl is murdered, and a local case becomes national. Am I the only one who sees the disparity in this picture? I doubt if I am, yet we allow it to happen every day. Our justice system is supposed to be blind, but, it is definitely not color blind.

I am outraged that Caylee Anthony was cut down in her youth. I am equally outraged that her mother walked away from this almost unscathed. She’s guilty, and she deserves to rot in jail. However, I am equally outraged that Hispanics, African Americans, etc are murdered every day, and do not receive the amount of attention that the Anthony investigation did. Hell, if Caylee were of color, there probably would have never been a trial. She would have been just another dead black child, to be discarded and forgotten about by the justice system.

And that my friends, bothers me to no end.

  1. July 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Casey Anthony wasn’t found not guilty because she is white; she was found not guilty because the prosecution failed to prove their case.

    Absolutely. It was a really hard case to prove with so little forensic evidence. As far as the disparity – ITA.

    • July 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      For a while, I thought my partner and were the only people in the country who didn’t blame the jury ;)

      On Wed Jul 6th, 2011 5:08 PM EDT

      • July 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm

        Creepy Nancy Grace was all over the jury! With what they were given and following the letter of the law, they had no other choice. Well, maybe they’ll get some book deals out of it too.

        • July 15, 2011 at 12:08 am

          Twin Mom aka Nancy Grace has convicted Casey for 3
          years. Twin Mom is evil, and was the cause of the suicide of Melinda Duckett another beautiful young mother whose 2 year old little boy disappeared and Twin Mom kept yelling at her that she was responsible…Twin Mom manipulated the young mother into a phone interview to only berated her and accused her of practically of killing her baby…well Twin Mom harassed her so that the girl killed herself and even after her death she kept spewing of the viles. MSNBC Joe Scarborough was demonizing Twin Mom. I will keep Casey in my prayers and may God protect her for all this Media Mobs who are enticing people to kill her so they can become famous and their rating up, up, up, and up..

    • Kathy Luersen
      July 17, 2011 at 5:47 pm

      It works BOTH ways. OJ Simpson! Some one always has to ply the race card! Race is not an issue!

      • July 18, 2011 at 9:17 am

        I didn’t say she got off because she’s white. I said she got off because the prosecution didn’t prove their case. What I also said was that if Caylee was any color other than white, this case would have never become a media feeding frenzy.

        Thanks for stopping by!

  2. jane
    July 7, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Whether one accepts it or not, it is gospel that our justice system treats people of color in a harsh and prejudicial manner.

    Convince that to Yanel Rosenbaum’s family. Convince that to the Tuba Man, an elderly white Seattle Musician stomped to death by 7 black males “for fun”, they never showed remorse, and did between 3 weeks and 24 months. On the other hand, Bernie Madoff, an elderly Jewish man with no record of violent crime was sentenced to 150 years. People only notice the double standards they want to

    • July 7, 2011 at 7:14 am

      Bernie Madoff cheated countless people out of $65 billion dollars, and plead guilty to 11 Federal felonies. In the Tuba Man case, the three that were convicted were juveniles;while they should have been tried as adults, they were handed the sentences that were permitted by law. As for Yankel Rosenbaum, I agree with you that the killer got off light; it seems as if the courts don’t have a clue when it comes to dealing with the results of mob mentality.

  3. July 7, 2011 at 5:46 am

    It’s not just about being white or black. It could be said if she were lesbian, Mexican, Islamic…fill in the black. Prejudice is everywhere.

    • July 7, 2011 at 5:47 am

      Um, fill in the blank.

    • July 7, 2011 at 6:57 am

      I wouldn’t argue that at all. In fact I referenced to people of color many times in the post; that includes anyone who isn’t white. Sexual orientation is also a determining factor on how one gets treated in the court system, as well as religion and ethnicity. Very good points!

  4. July 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Unless she was rich, in which case the correct color is green. See O.J.

  5. July 7, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    The reaction of the American public following the verdict reminded me of nothing so much as the “Burn the Witch” scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail

  6. matthew
    January 19, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Sooooo Treyvon martin a child of color wasnt talked about nation wide??? A white guy is going to prison for it. Its ignorance like yours that makes this country fucked up. It doesn’t matter what color Casey Anthony was. Your friend is retarded. It sold and the media could proscute her before she got a guilty verdict. Bad evidence thats why she is free. Do your fucking research.

    • January 19, 2013 at 10:01 am

      I didn’t say she got off because she was white. I did say that she got off because the prosecution prevented bad evidence. I was merely remarking on the sensationalism created by the media because the girl was white. If she was black, we probably would not have heard a peep. The Trayvon Martin case came well after this, and recieved national attention because it was a white on black crime, and because the local police was just going to dismiss it as self defense, before the family and civil leaders became involved by going to the media. If it was a black man killing a black man, or a white man killing a white man, again, we wouldn’t have heard a peep.

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