Land of the Raped, Home of the Rapists

[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: On the left, brutal rapist John R.K. Howard hugs his attorney. On the left, rape apologist judge Randy Stoker looking upward behind the bench.]

This post contains graphic descriptions of rape, rape culture, racism and ableism. Discretion is advised.

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Dear Black People:

Please stop expecting justice from a system whose sole purpose is grinding our bones to dust.

Stop expecting fairness from agents in the system whose sworn duty is to uphold our misery.

Stop thinking that because they prosecute us to the fullest extent of the law and beyond when it’s our behavior being scrutinized under the White Gaze that when one of their own is being examined, they will treat them as they treat us.

They won’t.

The reason is that they sympathize and empathize with white criminals because they are also white criminals. Further, they know denying us justice leads first to our despair, then to our anger, then to our outrage, then to our inertia.

They know that whatever cruelties they heap upon us, they have nothing to fear in terms of retaliation because we will merely distribute those cruelties amongst ourselves.

I ask myself this all the time and now I ask you:

How much is too much?

From The Washington Post:

A man who pleaded guilty to assaulting a black mentally disabled high school student with a coat hanger in an Idaho locker room walked out of court Friday with his sentence: no jail time.

The victim’s parents called the deal unfair and stormed out before the hearing ended, according to the Times-News — visibly shaken after John R.K. Howard’s attorneys claimed that their son had fabricated stories of chronic abuse and harassment.

“My thoughts continue to be with the victim and his family,” Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said in a statement about Howard’s punishment: community service and three years of probation after pleading guilty to felony injury to a child.

“My hope is that today’s sentencing will help them put this matter behind them,” Wasden said.

There seemed to be little hope of that in the desert town of Dietrich, Idaho — where about 300 residents have been torn apart by the case’s explicit accusations and national coverage.

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