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Obama: African-Americans Are Incapable of Acting as Citizens of the United States
It is with sadness that I witnessed the president of the United States tell the world that African-Americans are incapable of functioning as responsible citizens at the most basic level.
Our first White African American leader said:
Although he would know best whether he, 35 years ago, would be adjudged a thug and potential murderer who could be stopped from taking the life of another only by being shot, it is another thing to indict an entire group as incapable of behaving as citizens.
In a court of law:
(The above are jury instructions from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, yet they can still be considered representative of the duties with which juries are charged. Check out others if you like.)
Generally, jury duty is a right/responsibility of citizenship.
To plainly state that "the African-American community is looking at this issue [and presumably others] through a set of experiences and a history that doesn't go away" is to plainly state that the African-American community is incapable of serving on a jury where a verdict is based solely on the application of the relevant law to the evidence developed at trial.
No more. No less.
No "baggage" influencing the call.
No sets of experiences, no histories.
Justice is blind.
Since, according to Obama, the experiences and history do not go away, then these "personal feelings" are inescapable.
Of note, BHO chose not to offer Jesse's seemingly similar feelings toward blacks that would make the reactions Obama seems to condemn near universal:
(Whites + White Hispanics (ask the media) + African-Americans = just about everybody = near-universal.)
Given the above, it seems odd that Obama would indict all others from being what is arguably cautious and protective of their lives and property from a group that "disproportionately" includes "perpetrators of violence" (and possibly other crimes).
It is also a bit odd that he discussed whether Trayvon would have been justified in shooting George if Zimmerman had been in a car following Martin. Perhaps a better question would have been whether Martin would have been justified in shooting Zimmerman if George had been pounding Trayvon's head on the cement.
The bottom line is that Obama has chosen to disenfranchise blacks wholesale from the right/responsibility to serve as jurors -- i.e., to act as responsible citizens -- by labeling them as persons incapable of deciding cases on the merits.
We will have to see if Judge Rosemarie Aquilina will bar the empaneling of blacks in order to prevent "not honoring the president."
Michael Applebaum is a medical doctor and lawyer practicing in Chicago.
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