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View Diary: Rick Perry Continues Cover Up; Calls Executed Innocent Man "a monster"; Todd's Mother Responds (272 comments)

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  •  In defense of Bush Bites, (1+ / 0-)
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    Brooke In Seattle

    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.


    •  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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