Casey Anthony, Sensationalism, And The Race Card.
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.