Once again, It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!
Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, our tribute to evil, our 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all contemptible, but the votes are in and we had a winner who surprised us by triumphing easily over some stiff competition… the envelope please…
Racist Judge Olu Stevens!!
The Watcher: What kind of excuse for a judge scolds a three-year-old and her parents in court who were victims of a home invasion and armed robbery as ‘racists’ because the little girl admitted she was now afraid of black men?
Meet Louisville, Kentucky 30th Judicial circuit Judge Olu Stevens.
At the sentencing trial of one of the robbers, a victim’s impact statement written by the little girl’s mother was entered into evidence. Part of it said, “Whenever we are running errands, if we come across a black male, she holds me tight and begs me to leave. It has affected her friendships at school and our relationships with African-American friends.”
Judge Stevens’ response? To excoriate the victims of the crime in open court as racists and to sympathize with the criminal who traumatized a young child and her family.
“I am offended. … I am deeply offended that they would be victimized by an individual and express some kind of fear of all black men,” he said.
“This little girl certainly has been victimized, and she can’t help the way she feels,” he said. “My exception is more with her parents and their accepting that kind of mentality and fostering those type of stereotypes.”
Not only did he chastise the victims of the crime, but he let Gregory Wallace, one of the two black perpetrators who pleaded guilty to the March 21, 2013, crime off on probation because “he deserves a chance to redeem himself.”
Can you even imagine the headlines nationwide if a white judge let off a white armed robber who had victimized a black family out of racial solidarity? But since this is a black judge, other then the local Courier-Journal, this passed by with barely a mention.
It’s interesting times we have in America. Even innocuous words and phrases are viciously attacked as ‘trigger words’ capable of excusing incredible excesses of rage, injustice and frequently violent reactions provided the perpetrator is white, heterosexual, male and/or a religious Christian or Jew. Yet outright bigotry and racially motivated violence by select ‘protected groups’ isn’t even mentioned in the media, let alone criticized. To do so in the mainstream media or academia is to become quickly unemployable.
Here we have a little three-year-old who was sitting in her living room watching television with her parents when two thugs forced their way into her home and held up her mom and dad at gunpoint right in front of her. Since they were black males, is it any wonder that a child traumatized in that fashion would be frightened of other black males? In fact, her mom’s statement actually says that in spite of their best efforts to disassociate her from her fear of black males, the child is still fearful even around the family’s black friends.
But if course, it must be ra-aa-a-aacism, right judge? So of course they have to be punished by being demonized, and by letting an armed robber off with probation on the grounds of racial solidarity.
You see, it’s no longer enough merely to not practice ra-a-aa-cism. You must be prepared to take responsibility for anything that people like Judge Stevens merely perceive as racist. Even if it’s just for the purpose of intimidation and the shaming of supposed ‘thought criminals.’
Judge Stevens will undoubtedly go unpunished for his racism and his perversion of justice. He’s just like certain judges back in the old Jim Crow days who issued rulings from the bench based on race. But as history shows us, those who practice bigotry and injustice against others frequently have it visited upon themselves eventually.
And payback is always a real bitch.
Enjoy your Weasel, Judge Stevens. As a disgrace to your office and your profession, you definitely rate it.
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