Historically, there have been cases where white men and women have committed crimes and have used black men and women as their scapegoat out of harm’s way. But only now, are those that commit these awful crimes being brought to justice. Bearing false witness is a horrible injustice that victimizes the black community twofold by both erroneously incarcerating African Americans and perpetuating a more than invalid stereotype.
Dr. Boyce Watkins gives an interesting view on the recent sentencing of Bonnie Sweeten. On Friday, Sweeten was sentenced to eight years and four months for swindling her relatives, the law firm where she was employed as well as their clients out of monies totalling $1 million. If you don’t remember who she is, she said that her and her daughter were kidnapped by two black men in a truck. But in fact, she was in Florida at Disney World vacationing with her daughter. On her way to the Magic Kingdom–which seems so appropriate for constructing fairytales–she claimed to be calling police from the trunk of a car.
Unfortunately, although Sweeten was put behind bars for her crimes, none of them include the defamation of the imaginary black men that were so easily culpable in her pursuit of the finer things in life. Check out Dr. Watkins take on the ordeal here. He reminds us of the indelible mark of racism on society and the face of the U.S. justice system.