Failure to seat a racially diverse jury actually perpetuates

Why the Daniel Holtzclaw Case Must Be Watched Closely

Daniel Holtzclaw, left, talks with his attorney, Scott Adams, right, in a courtroom in Oklahoma City.Photo: Associated Press Accused serial rapist Canada Goose Coats On Sale Daniel Holtzclaw may be enjoying the fullness of the American system of justice, but his 13 African American female accusers are not.The former Oklahoma City police officer faces 36 felony counts of rape, canada goose replica sexual battery, indecent exposure and forcible oral sodomy in front of an all-White jury chosen this week, a composition of his legally guaranteed peers. But will those peers fully value the humanity of the Black women he is accused cheap Canada Goose of forcing into his squad car and canadian goose jacket driving them to secluded locations to sexually assault? He canada goose store is also accused of coming to their homes late to assault and harass these women.“For anyone who thought that Black women were full U.S. citizens, here’s the reminder canada goose that we’re not,” says Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley, an associate professor of African and African Diaspora studies at the University of Texas at Austin. “Rape has been one of the defining experiences of Black women for so long that canada goose coats we can’t imagine ‘Black Canada Goose Outlet woman’ and ‘rape victim’ as separable categories.”Seating an all-White jury in a case clearly motivated by buy canada goose jacket cheap race is a special kind of tone deafness that afflicts the country right now. Individuals and agencies that refuse to understand the perfect logic of #blacklivesmatter canada goose deals continue to choose Canada Goose Online to ignore the facts and deal with cases of police brutality and conduct as separate incidents totally canada goose coats on sale unrelated from an historical, institutionalized way of dehumanizing Black bodies, especially those belonging canada goose clearance sale to Black women. The Canada Goose online persistent inability to see the humanity of Black women is also what leaves Black transgender women so vulnerable to not only violence, but death.Failure to seat a racially diverse jury actually perpetuates the violence against these women, according to Dr. Kali Gross, author of Colored Amazons: Crime, Violence, and Black Women in the City of Brotherly Love, 1880-1910(Duke University Press, 2006). The manner in which the Holtzclaw case is proceeding is the very definition of violence, behavior meant to “hurt, damage or kill,” a “destructive natural force.”Many argue this case continues the erasure of Black women from the national conversation on race, police brutality and the right to safety. Sexism and patriarchy refuses to acknowledge the vulnerability of Black women, so much in fact, there’s a term for it: misogynoir.This case is also infected by class considerations, too. Gross, who writes frequently about erasure of Black women’s bodies, says Holtzclaw buy canada goose jacket seems to have trolled for poor women without a voice or Canada Goose Jackets ability to be seen an credible witnesses to their own torture. In fact prosecutors say the ex-cop would stop Black women and run their names to canada goose clearance see if they had records our outstanding warrants, according to media reports. That is until one woman, a middle-class Black woman, 57, reported her assault. Perhaps endowed by the agency and moral authority of her class status, she stood up for herself, though canada goose black friday sale she reportedly wasn’t so sure anyone would believe her.Let’s forget our problems with fairness in the justice system for a second and consider Canada Goose sale the lack of fairness in covering this case. Or as Gross puts it, “What’s with the media blackout?”If 13 White women were serially assaulted, raped and sodomized in Canada Goose Parka a concentrated geographic space like Oklahoma City, the trial and minute details canada goose outlet of each woman’s case would be on the news 24/7. Yet this case has gotten a rote sort of procedural coverage with none of the fanfare of a nation concerned with losing something or someone they’ll truly value and miss.And that’s why this case must be closely watched: To insure the poor optics of an all-white jury and a system insistent that it can get it right — when it gets it so wrong so often — can and will.Deborah Douglas is a Chicago-based writer.

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