“Blacks are only a small percentage of our community, (but) the courthouse is filled with them,” says a long-serving public defender who writes under the pen name of Michael Smith in order to protect himself and his family. “The halls and gallery benches are overflowing with black defendants, families, and crime victims,” says the attorney. “For blacks, the courthouse is like a carnival…they all seem to know each other…hundreds and hundreds each day, gossiping, laughing loudly, waving and crowding the halls.”
Public defender Smith is finally opening up after many years of dancing to the tune of flawed media and legal systems that are confounded by the constraints of America’s all-powerful directives on political correctness. It is an abomination that will not permit holding responsible a very small percentage of our population. Reading the entire “confessional” of Defender Smith can be compared to taking a walk on the wild side of our country’s judicial system. And his strongest words of condemnation are lobbed at the mainstream media for failing in their mission to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth!
“The media invariably sugarcoat black behavior. Even the news reports of the very crimes I dealt with in court were slanted,” Smith says. He goes on to paint a very dismal picture of television news coverage that “intentionally” refuses to tell all of the facts about an accused black client. The public defender points to the media refusing to name any names that obviously sound or appear to identify a defendant as being black! The media in America are deliberately obfuscating news coverage in order to confuse and deceive the American public by misrepresenting the truth. Lying by omission is still lying. The notion of keeping the body politic fully informed is being defiled every day.
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Black defendants often insult authority figures by either calling them by their first names such as “Mike,” or even worse by calling a legal figure, “DOG!” Rolling his eyes at “Mike,” the young black male, who fails to realize the serious and very precarious situation he faces, complains about everything “Mike” tells him. The public defender, who early on in his confession reveals he is a liberal, tells readers what really goes on in court. “If I slip and use adult language, they get angry because they think I am flaunting my authority,” says “Mike.” The young man’s “cellie” (that is, cell mate), appears to carry more authority than the public defender, who must compete with “cellie” in explaining the law.
But as is so often said, the cover up is worse than the crime. And here, the media’s cover up of the dysfunction of America’s young black males is our country’s biggest social threat. The average citizen who is either not being told what is going on, doesn’t want to know, or believes nothing can be done anyway is being victimized as well. A family’s secrets will never be healed as long as silence prevails. The media mantra of political correctness destroys America’s abused and abusers every day. This essay needs to be a must read in every newsroom and courtroom–and in every American home! Tell the pubic the truth so we all can and will heal!
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