quote:Originally posted by Rowe:quote:Originally posted by Black Viking:
I don't know the answer to this problem, but I will say this... If you have an opportunity to serve on a jury, just do it! Don't duck and dodge, don't ask for exemption, don't give them a reason not to seat you. There is a very good chance that some Black man or woman needs you on that jury.
To do what Brother Viking? To overlook an individual's crime because he or she is Black??? I hope that you're not suggesting we excuse people's crimes on account of their race.
Of course not Sister Rowe. Criminals do not deserve a free pass simply because they are Black. But, my feeling is that no Black man or woman should be tried by an all-white jury. Too many White people have a deeply ingrained belief that Black people are pre-disposed toward criminality. They maintain this belief, regardless of any evidence or sound reasoning to the contrary. In my view, our long standing and racially loaded history with the justice system makes it nearly impossible for an African American to receive a fair trial from an all-white jury.
That's why our people need us on those juries. They have a constituional right to be judged by a jury of their peers. For four hundred years we were denied that right. Today, it is possible for us to have it, so long as we understand the implications, and we don't give it away with the untrue assumption that it does not make a difference.
Thank you for serving on that jury Sister. That man had a right to be convicted on the evidence of his crime, rather than the evidence his race.