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Black Cocaine Dealers Get Long Stints, White Student Gets 6 Months, Retains Right to Vote

Ever since the Democrats established the legality of mandatory minimums and three-strike laws under the leadership of the late Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, African Americans have literally had the book thrown at them and the key thrown away. Regardless of circumstances, as
convicted felons they all have served time and lost their right to vote.

In New York, a Columbia University student who was the main focus of an undercover investigation of a campus-wide drug distribution ring will be sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to selling and distributing cocaine. Harrison David, 20, was one of five students arrested via operation Ivy League last December and will serve his time on Rikers Island starting Aug. 30, 2011.

Ironically, he was charged with the most serious crime of the five students. The four other students are seeking resolution in which they could get off with counseling and the complete avoidance of having criminal records

David will be on probation for five years after he is released from jail. This even though the charge of second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance carries a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in prison and a maximum of 10. The city’s Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor allowed David, who studied engineering at Columbia, to plead down to third-degree sale of a controlled substance, which does not have a mandatory sentence. They are even allowing him to apply for a certificate of relief, which would allow him as a convicted felon, to retain his right to vote.

More than 60 percent of the people in prison are now racial and ethnic minorities, with black males in their twenties accounting for 1 in every 8 persons in prison or jail on any given day. In fact, black males continued to make up the largest segment — 44 percent — of all prisoners serving time for drug offenses, although they were only 12 percent of the total population, while whites, who were 75 percent of the national population, made up 27 percent of all imprisoned drug offenders.

Even with a black president, America still has a problem. There are no black men in Obama’s inner circle, but there sure are a lot incarcerated. Albeit whites and blacks engage in drug offenses, possession and sales, at roughly comparable rates, in New York, blacks are 33 percent more likely to be detained awaiting felony trials than whites facing felony trials, have a public defender for their lawyer and receive sentences that are 10 percent longer than white offenders for the same crimes. –torrance t. stephens, ph.d.



35 Comments

  1. Mb on July 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Where is your source list for these percentages your throwing out there ????

  2. Ho Hum on July 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    White privilege: nothing new. I’m not surprised by this at all and I’m not even that mad. As a black male, I already know I can’t put myself in situations where the system determines my fate. I already know the playing field isn’t level. I already know I have to excel far and above the norm to be able to compete with white counterparts who perform just above the norm. This isn’t new. I hope that young man is able to bounce back from this and achieve success in his life. 

  3. seriously? on July 28, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    no offense, but ever stop to think that its based on the fact that they paid for a GOOD CRIMINAL ATTORNEY and not just went with a public defender???

  4. seriously? on July 28, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    no offense, but ever stop to think that its based on the fact that they paid for a GOOD CRIMINAL ATTORNEY and not just went with a public defender???

    • Eervin44 on July 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Needless to say; Not Really,..Half of the time most of them can’t “Afford” A Criminal Attorney…No Offense thinking about all white people don’t really have it like that:)

    • Eervin44 on July 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Needless to say; Not Really,..Half of the time most of them can’t “Afford” A Criminal Attorney…No Offense thinking about all white people don’t really have it like that:)

    • Eervin44 on July 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Needless to say; Not Really,..Half of the time most of them can’t “Afford” A Criminal Attorney…No Offense thinking about all white people don’t really have it like that:)

    • Eervin44 on July 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Needless to say; Not Really,..Half of the time most of them can’t “Afford” A Criminal Attorney…No Offense thinking about all white people don’t really have it like that:)

    • Eervin44 on July 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Needless to say; Not Really,..Half of the time most of them can’t “Afford” A Criminal Attorney…No Offense thinking about all white people don’t really have it like that:)

    • Eervin44 on July 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Needless to say; Not Really,..Half of the time most of them can’t “Afford” A Criminal Attorney…No Offense thinking about all white people don’t really have it like that:)

    • Eervin44 on July 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Needless to say; Not Really,..Half of the time most of them can’t “Afford” A Criminal Attorney…No Offense thinking about all white people don’t really have it like that:)

    • Eervin44 on July 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Needless to say; Not Really,..Half of the time most of them can’t “Afford” A Criminal Attorney…No Offense thinking about all white people don’t really have it like that:)

    • Eervin44 on July 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Needless to say; Not Really,..Half of the time most of them can’t “Afford” A Criminal Attorney…No Offense thinking about all white people don’t really have it like that:)

  5. Tim Gunn on July 28, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    you wrong as hell Obama got many blacks in his circle and the stats you put out is flat wrong. them white kids got to ivy league schools so they got money to fight the case if black drug dealers would not spend money on flashing and save up for a lawyer maybe they wouldn’t get the book thrown at them. plus as a black man any black person who sells drugs to another black needs the book thrown at them. i dont care if a black drug dealer gets 100 yrs if he sold drugs fuck em. yes whites get less but there the majority so its tough 

  6. Ronald Braxton on July 28, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I hate that my kids have to grow up with stuff like this in our world still!  I want them to have a chance at being looked at as equals to anyone they meet and not be looked down upon because they are half black or think they have a better chance because they are half white.  They are human we all need to figure that out soon or we will be doomed to relive the mistakes of the past over and over!!!!

    • Eervin44 on July 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      Sorry; we do not live in a perfect world:) The best thing for you to do is keep praying for your kids that they want be looked down on and we all want to be treated equal; Hey there are some selfish evil people in this world and the system is aweful; Keep Putting God First and he will be your protector:)

    • Eervin44 on July 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      Sorry; we do not live in a perfect world:) The best thing for you to do is keep praying for your kids that they want be looked down on and we all want to be treated equal; Hey there are some selfish evil people in this world and the system is aweful; Keep Putting God First and he will be your protector:)

      • Uncle Chuck on July 29, 2011 at 9:49 pm

        Just remember that prayer without ACTION is foolishness! YOU are charged with teaching your kids right from wrong or someone else will!

  7. SQUARESHARE on July 28, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    SLAP ON THE WRIST, OR SLAP IN THE FACE. ALL DEPENDING ON WHAT COLOR YOUR SKIN IS.
    I THINK THIS WHY AMERICA IS FAILING.
     BECAUSE WE ARE HYPOCRITS THAT REFUSE TO DEAL WITH 400 YEAR OLD ISSUES OF RACE, AND THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING.

     JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE CAN AFFORD A GOOD CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER, DOESN’T MAKE THAT PERSON ANY LESS GUILTY THAN THE PERSON WITH THE PUBLIC DEFENDER.
    IF LEGISLATION WAS PASSED TO HAVE A MINIMUM ON CERTAIN CRIMES ,
     THAT SHOULD BE THE STANDARD ALL ACROSS THE BOARD.

     THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE I’VE KNOWN TO SELL DRUGS , DID IT TO SURVIVE, OR GET OUT OF A CERTAIN ECONOMIC SITUATION, SO WHAT’S THIS GUY EXCUSE? 

    • Truth hurts on July 28, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      do those people you know save money for college, a home, a business investment…or blow it all on rims and bling? Rhetorical…we know the answer.

      • Eervin44 on July 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm

        You are trying to be funny; Sorry to tell you some drug dealears have paid there were thur college that no one knows that they sold drugs & even the top rappers out there have sold drugs now look at them, so don’t judge someone cause they tried to better themselves, of cours it’s wrong to sell drugs; But Hey! we have a true Forgiving God that loves us all; Just get yourself together…

    • Razor on July 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      There’s no excuse for breaking the law while poisoning your people simultaneously….not even to “better your situation”.

    • Razor on July 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      There’s no excuse for breaking the law while poisoning your people simultaneously….not even to “better your situation”.

  8. Lealoudallas on July 28, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    I agree w the person who said dealers should stop flashing n put in on good lawyers. Public defenders ain’t gettin paid half a what their private firm counterparts are.

  9. Anonymous on July 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Maybe you should run for President.  You seem to know everything about race and justice in America.

  10. Truth hurts on July 28, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Yes, statistically blacks do get harsher sentences, but you also must consider that chances are they’re repeat offenders, with no intent to reform. Black men are targeted because they do what they go in already high crime areas that have to be watched more do than an ivy league school. I’m sure when giving this boy a short sentence, they were considering the fact that he would one day be a positive force in society. I’m a black female acquiring a degree in criminal justice. We make choices for ourselves. Don’t want to do jail time, don’t committee crimes. Our president is black, he didn’t get where he is crying about injustices. He stood up and fought against it…and won! It’s time we all did the same. Imagine what we could achieve. I sometimes think that MLK Jr. must be so disgusted with what the majority does with the freedom he died fighting for.

    • Bryan Williams on July 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      ok what about in this case, where they uncovered a ” campus-wide drug distribution ring”. Its not like he was caught selling a dime bag of weed. He was the head of a drug ring at a college. So because he might be an affluent white boy who goes to an Ivy League he gets less jail time than a black person who comes from different circumstances? That isn’t fair at all. And to assume that he is going to be a productive member of society when he gets out isn’t true. He probably now more than ever has im invincible and the law can’t touch me. You just don’t wake up one day in college and decide to be the campus pusher. Sometimes i think  MLK jr. might be disgusted with people who have your thinking about accepting the injustices instead of “crying” about it.

  11. Ktravagline on July 29, 2011 at 1:56 am

    I seriously doubt that these types of stats were Ted Kennedy’s intentions; and, plea agreements are not political — they are up to the prosecutors – sometimes about how hard they are willing to work and what they think they can prove.

  12. Xcon on July 29, 2011 at 3:33 am

    I bleached my skin before court and got off six felonies and a taxi fare home.  I also noticed I read better and think better now that my skin is white.

    • Eervin44 on July 29, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      You need to go play in traffic…

  13. Albert12 on July 29, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I’m reading these comments and getting sick. Are you idiots for real? This man just laid out how blatantly racist the judicial system is in America and all y’all got is excuses. Y’all must all be under 25.

    • Uncle Chuck on July 29, 2011 at 9:52 pm

      The unthinking, led by the thinking, will be thought to death!

  14. Albert12 on July 29, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I’m reading these comments and getting sick. Are you idiots for real? This man just laid out how blatantly racist the judicial system is in America and all y’all got is excuses. Y’all must all be under 25.

  15. Albert12 on July 29, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I’m reading these comments and getting sick. Are you idiots for real? This man just laid out how blatantly racist the judicial system is in America and all y’all got is excuses. Y’all must all be under 25.