No, a Michigan teenager was not jailed for not doing her homework

It's a crowded field of nominees for this year's Michael Brown Hands Up Don't Shoot Award, but the pitiful tale of the Michigan teenager thrown in jail for being black and not doing her homework at least deserves an honorable mention. ProPublica launched this invention a couple weeks ago in a lengthy story, summed up in its arresting but utterly dishonest headline, "A Teenager Didn't Do Her Online Schoolwork. So a Judge Sent Her to Juvenile Detention." According to the fable, 15-year old Grace (not her real name) was sentenced to a juvenile detention center by Oakland County circuit judge Mary Ellen Brennan only because Grace is black, our criminal justice system is "broken," and Brennan is "callous."  Worse, the pandemic made it Grace's death sentence, despite there not being a single COVID case reported in the juvenile home. The national media have reported this lie in lockstep ever since.  What kind of...(Read Full Post)
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