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  •  I can't help but believe. (5+ / 0-)

    If Todd Willingham hadn't have been white, we wouldn't be hearing about this.

    I just find it interesting.

    No way Texas politics would be turned upside down over the wrongful death of a minority.

    •  Race shouldn't matter, but sadly (0+ / 0-)

      ...it does. Damned it all, it does.

      "Ridicule may lawfully be employed where reason has no hope of success."

      by QuestionAuthority on Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 05:18:25 AM PDT

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    •  Why is it. (1+ / 0-)
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      jerseyite

      Whenever someone starts talking about Class, somebody always HAS to inject race into the discussion?

      I once read Martin Luther King Jr's Autobiography. There's a section in it where he talks about how he once worked in a factory when he was in his late teens. This factory employed a lot of poor white men. When MLK saw the way that the white employees were treated he had an epiphany (his own term there) and realized that poor whites were just as badly treated as blacks.

      Injecting race, gender, and sexual orientation into every discussion of inequality ignores the larger issue. I'd also argue that it undermines it to a good degree.

      BTW, I shouldn't HAVE to include this. But I come from a multi-ethnic family myself. Sure I'm white, but my family includes African Americans and Korean Americans. Plus, I know for a fact that my Great Great Grandmother was half Seneca.

      •  In defense of Bush Bites, (1+ / 0-)
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        I don't think it's because you brought up class, per se, I think it's because the issue of "if he hadn't been..." was brought up and it's a fair reference. I don't believe there would be as much coverage had Mr. Willingham been something other than white.

        But you are correct, class is a huge factor, bigger than race because he couldn't afford to properly defend himself. We definitely treat the classes differently. The treatment of class begins earlier than the crimes people are charged with or this man would have had a proper defense and series of appeals.

        Jennifer

        •  I do have to admit. (0+ / 0-)

          There is some truth to the idea that we might not have ever heard about this if Todd Willingham had been black.

          However, if Willingham had been middle class or wealthy. He wouldn't have even been charged with Arson in the first place. The assumption would have been that the fire was an accident from the beginning.

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