Demonizing Black victims is an old racist trope that didn't work for defense attorneys this time

November 25, 2021 at 12:37

This tactic isn't new, but rather the latest example in a long history of court cases that criminalize and dehumanize Black victims.
Instead, the jury heard from the defense a number of racist dog whistles.
To Cooper-Jones, the defense was trying to deflect from the fact that it didn't "have the proper evidence to get a conviction."
When he encountered Arbery weeks later, McMichael was fearing for his and his father's lives, defense attorney Jason Sheffield argued in court.
Prosecutors showed the jury surveillance videos of Arbery entering the site, each time wandering around and leaving without incident.
But the defense insisted that, even if he hadn't stolen anything, Arbery was committing burglary because he entered the under-construction house illegally.
"But for a Black person to do that, somehow that's criminal.
The McMicheals' decision to chase Arbery was rooted in the idea that Black people are criminals, Anderson said.
Defense argued Black pastors were intimidatingDefense attorney Kevin Gough's attempt to ban Black pastors from the courtroom during the trial was an affront to Black pastors' role in comforting grieving families.
For Anderson, the author of the 2021 book " The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America ," the attorney's remarks recalled those made by the defense attorney for the men who killed Emmett Till in 1955.
During the jury selection, defense attorneys drew criticism when they expressed their concerns over the lack of "Bubba" men.
But nearly 10 years after Martin's death, civil rights activists and protesters secured some solace from Wednesday's verdict in the Arbery death trial case.
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