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Guest Post by Scott M. Greer

Darrell Brooks, the black man who killed six whites and injured dozens of others in the Waukesha car attack, was found guilty of all charges this week. Before he was served the verdict, Brooks made a mockery of our justice system. He used every opportunity in the trial to belittle victims, made insane claims, and threw temper tantrums over the slightest inconvenience. The trial failed to convey the seriousness of the crime. It instead resembled helpless parents trying to placate a misbehaving toddler. Brooks erased the gravity of the situation and turned it into a circus.

Here is a sampling of how he acted in court:


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The Waukesha trial should put to rest the left’s myths about systemic racism. If anything, the system favors blacks.

Americans are constantly harangued about systemic racism in the criminal justice system. We’re told our police constantly arrest innocent blacks and our courts throw them in jail for no crime other than the color of their skin. This meme informs outrage over police shootings, “mass incarceration,” and law enforcement in general. “America has a long history of systemic racism. Black Americans — and Black men, in particular — have been treated, throughout the course of our history, as less than human,” Vice President Kamala Harris said after Derek Chauvin was found guilty over George Floyd’s death.

The popularity of the systemic racism theory has led to massive changes in the justice system. From cities eliminating cash bail to decriminalizing a range of offenses, the soft-on-crime agenda is driven by the desire to erase alleged racial bias. But it’s also led to a new type of systemic racism–one that actually favors blacks at the expense of justice.

Two recent cases highlight this trend. Ethan Liming was a white teenager killed by three blacks in a fight back in June. The fight occurred at a Lebron James-sponsored school in Akron, Ohio. Liming and his friends pranked three men with a water gun while they played basketball. A fight ensued and Liming died. The three black men were initially charged with murder. In August, their charges were reduced. The third suspect, Donovon Jones, recently pled guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge over the fight. His sentence? A 180-day stint in prison that includes 56 days of time served. The Q Anon Shaman received a sentence that was nearly seven times longer for walking around the Capitol without permission.

The Akron Beacon Journal’s coverage of the murder sympathizes more with the black suspects than the white victim. The paper’s report on Dononvan Jones’s sentencing portrays Liming’s death as an accident he brought on himself. “[Defense attorneys] say Liming’s group ambushed a group of young men playing basketball there, spraying them with scores of gel pellets,” the article states. “The basketball players initially tried to run but then turned to confront Liming and his friends. Liming fell in the parking lot, hitting his head on the asphalt in a blow that proved fatal, autopsy results show.” The paper quotes the defense attorneys saying their clients shouldn’t have been charged at all since it was self-defense. Left unmentioned is that the suspects clearly knew the water guns were water guns when they attacked Liming and his friends. One is not engaged in self-defense when you kill someone to protect yourself from a water gun. While the article offered numerous space for the defense attorneys to give their side, the paper only mentions Liming’s family disputing this characterization in one brief sentence.

The same paper published an article in August asking: “Were the Black men charged in Ethan Liming’s death standing their ground?” Media outlets weren’t so friendly to the white men who possibly stood their ground against Ahmaud Arbery.

Another black criminal recently got lenient treatment for his role in the death of a white person. Nathen Cameron viciously beat and strangled his girlfriend, Trisha Kunze, in February. During the assault, Kunze fell from her apartment balcony and died. Despite Cameron sending text messages to Kunze threatening to kill her and a record of abuse against his victim, he was acquitted of murder and only found guilty of assault and domestic abuse. Kunze’s family was understandably outraged and declared: “The Justice system does not work in America.”

Other blacks who kill whites don’t even face jail time. Anthony Santi, a white Kansas City firefighter, was shot and killed after getting into a fight with Ja’Von Taylor, a black man who threatened a gas station clerk. Taylor berated and threatened the clerk after he couldn’t find his preferred cigars in the store. The clerk asked Taylor to leave and the man refused. Santi stepped in and asked Taylor to leave. That prompted Taylor to attack Santi outside the store. Santi got the upper hand in the fight, even though Taylor pulled a gun out in the brawl. An unidentified female friend of Taylor’s picked up the gun and shot Santi. The prosecutor’s office ruled it “self-defense” and declined to press charges. The media is outraged by one part of the case. No, it’s not over the DA’s office failing to prosecute a murder. It’s the fact the prosecutor is now facing a backlash for declining to press charges. Apparently, the real victim is the district attorney who feels it’s ok to kill Good Samaritans if they try to subdue threatening customers.

The Santi case shows why few Americans want to get involved if blacks threaten or even attack strangers. There was much debate over a black man harassing and intimidating women on a New York subway a few months ago. Observers wondered why no man stepped in to protect these women. The Anthony Santi case shows why. A Good Samaritan faces two possibilities: one, he subdues the assailant and faces charges; or two, he gets hurt or killed and the assailant gets lenient treatment. Neither option is desirable. This is why people look the other way and don’t get involved.

There are many more examples of black privilege in the justice system.

  • A black school shooter in Arlington, Texas, was released on a paltry bail just a day after being arrested in 2021.
  • A black man was found not guilty last year in South Carolina after shooting and killing a white retired volunteer fire chief as the victim sat in his car. The shooter claimed the victim startled him and that was a sufficient explanation to find him innocent of murder.
  • A black man in Florida was sentenced to house arrest in March over the fatal beating of a white man who called him a slur. Prosecutors felt the punch that killed the 77-year-old victim merited a lenient sentence because “the victim repeatedly used possibly the most aggressive and offensive term in the English language.”
  • Prosecutors in Florida dropped charges in 2017 against a black man who beat his white math tutor to death after the victim allegedly used a racial slur. The prosecutor’s office felt it had no “competent evidence” to rebut the defendant’s claim he was provoked into violence and said the slaying was not done in a “cruel and unusual manner.”

The evidence is clear: our justice system is biased in favor of blacks. The whites involved in Ahmaud Arbery’s death received multiple life sentences over their fight with a black man. Blacks can hope to receive house arrest or no charges at all if they kill a white person during a fight. That’s the way our justice system works.

Darrell Brooks’s idiotic defense may have not saved him, but it may work for another black man in a similar situation. All it takes is a more sympathetic district attorney, judge, and/or jury to protect him from justice. And that possibility is far more likely than it should be.

Scott Greer is the host of the popular “Highly Respected” podcast. 

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