Reported by Ashley Naples
Racism is permeated throughout our judicial system. In 2013, the US Sentencing Commission released shocking data stating that Black men are sentenced 19.5% longer sentences than white men for the same crime. The statistic should’ve sent a shockwave throughout the nation; however, it seemed to have been met with apathy since Black Americans have historically been railroaded by the judicial system for centuries. Others completely dismissed the racial bias in the judicial system and blamed Black men for failing to avoid the system altogether.
There has been a consistent effort to pathologize Black men, so it comes as no surprise when bigoted people within the judicial system will proclaim that there is something wrong with “black culture” when one disturbed person decides to commit a crime. This is the case with a white county investigator in Georgia, who went on a rant via Facebook about the shooting death of a one-year-old boy. Instead of attributing the shooter’s behavior to systemic racism, poverty, and/or sheer lunacy, the investigator proclaimed that the perpetrator’s action was due to laziness and violence in “black culture.”
Here’s more about the rant:
A county investigator in Georgia said this week that he will resign after he was called a “racist” for a Facebook rant blaming a 1-year-old boy’s shooting death on “black culture.”
Over the weekend, 1-year-old Rodrickus Robinson was shot to death when he was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight in an Atlanta neighborhood.
Clayton County Investigator David Daniel responded to the shooting by posting remarks on WSB-TV’s Facebook page.
“Violence with guns is unfortunately a part of the black culture and will never get better until the government stops supporting them and they are taught to work for what they get and not take from others,” he wrote.
Several Facebook commenters lashed out by calling the remarks “racist.”
“It had nothing to do with the child when it should have been all about the child,” Stephanie Morgan explained to WSB-TV.
Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson suspended Daniel, and informed him in a disciplinary notice that she intended to have him fired.
Keith Martin, who is Daniel’s attorney, insisted on Tuesday that his client would resign instead of being fired.
“We are going to tender to Mrs. Lawson a letter of resignation,” Martin said.
“I do not believe that you will see David again in any social media,” the attorney added.