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86% of African Americans Think Casey Anthony Would be Guilty if She Were Black (5400 hits)

by Dr. Boyce Watkins.
In a recent Your Black World survey, readers were asked to ascertain the racial implications of the case of Casey Anthony, a mother who was recently exonerated in the death of her two year old daughter, Caylee. After the surprising not guilty verdict, people across the nation were wondering if Casey would have received the same treatment had her name been Laquita Monteray Jackson. In other words, would she have received the same treatment if she’d been a black woman accused of killing her own child?

Results of the survey indicate quite clearly that African American respondents do not believe that the verdict would have been the same if Casey had been black. A full 86.3% of the respondents said that the verdict would have changed to “guilty” had she been African American. Only 4.2% said that the verdict would have been the same, with the remainder saying that they weren’t sure.

When participants were asked “Should Casey Anthony have been allowed to go free?” nearly two-thirds of the respondents (63.5%) said” no,” implying that they believe she is guilty of the crime. Only 14.5% of the respondents said they believe Casey Anthony to be innocent of the charges.

The survey also appears to be reflective of a general distrust of the criminal justice system by members of the African American community. When asked ”Do you think the justice system is fair with regard to race?” 94.3% of the respondents said “no.”
While the Casey Anthony trial can’t quite be compared with the racially-charged OJ Simpson case, the results of the survey seem to argue that people of color felt that Anthony’s skin color played a role in her being allowed to go free. One of the points of my first book, “What if George Bush were a Black Man?” was to investigate the idea that people of color don’t tend to get the same breaks and second chances that might be given to them if they were white. It’s hard to imagine a black woman in the national spotlight for allegedly with killing her child being allowed to walk out of the court room and move on with her life. This case, as well as the OJ Simpson trial (to a greater extent) taught us a few things about America.

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Posted By: Elynor Moss
Friday, July 8th 2011 at 5:59PM
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I think white guilt is such that the outcome would have been the same
Monday, July 11th 2011 at 10:51AM
I have to beg to disagree with the survey... For me, if one has plenty of money there is really no case that you can't get out of. The I Anthonys had money so whether she had been Black or any other ethnicity as long as there was lots of money to go around... she'd would have still walked.
Friday, July 22nd 2011 at 10:33AM
Jen Fad
I would like to agree with the 86%
Friday, August 12th 2011 at 9:31AM
Ain't nothing wrong with that, but I like to think that money answers all things as King Solomon stated so when trouble comes I don't have to call on Rev. Sharpton or Rev Jessie, but someone like the late Johnnie Cochran (God rest his soul).
Sunday, August 14th 2011 at 4:32PM
Jen Fad
Great post and if I may reply with how this verdict may just end up helping 'us' get more equal justice in American courts. "I" would like to use the Strauss-Khan's case as an example. It seem that the court of public opinion is about to deny in full that a Black single mother can be raped by a rich, powerful White married male figure in America, but not in France...

And, this verdict hopefully will keep us more interested in how our court systems work, especially when it comes to our most valued life form , our innocent children be they classified as murdered in tehBlack mom's body or out side of the White mom's body...example, NOw and even if the mass media gets tired of the Casey Anthony as someting else comes along...

Casey Anthony will have a future filled with days in civil court and in the end with our Federal court, as it is a federal crime to take away one's rights to life(or be neglected as this woman has admitted she did so she could continue to lie and defame others at will in order to do drugs and party). we must be patient and start getting our news reports from at least two or more different resources...YES WE CAN...YES WE MUST...( put every day common sense to use) (SMILE)
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