Salisbury’s Daily Times feels the need to stir the pot of racial animus on Delmarva. African-Americans are arrested in proportionally higher numbers. What is new about that? This is a sad fact. We should all wish that the crime rate were lower. However, I don’t believe that victims of crimes are particularly concerned about the race of the criminals.
Is anyone accusing law enforcement officers of NOT arresting white criminals? Is anyone accusing prosecutors of NOT trying white criminals? If so, I missed that part of Vanessa Junkin’s and Rachel Pacella’s article.
Instead, such reporting merely serves as an excuse for certain “community leaders” to spout off about non-existent ills within our community. Mary Ashanti, president of the Wicomico branch of the NAACP, compared the criminal justice system to an ante-bellum plantation:
“The statistics of the over-representation of blacks arrested in Wicomico County, Maryland, represent an ongoing contradiction since the end of chattel slavery," part of her emailed statement reads. "That contradiction being that slavery never ended, it was just legally maneuvered to justify its existence by way of punishment through the courts and as a viable economic entity.
"The gross disparity in the incarceration rates between blacks and caucasians will only widen until every able-bodied young black male has been herded into the concentration camps of the American prison-industrial complex.”
At Tuesday’s Wicomico County Council meeting Ashanti spoke eloquently against racial profiling. She served herself, and the constituency she claims to represent, well. But to compare the arresting of criminals to slavery serves no one other than the tiny minority who make their livings from fomenting racial hatred – both black and white.
It is obvious that Gannett’s motivation behind such race baiting was to sell papers. They admit that this series of articles is an attempt to tie local news in with the unrest in Ferguson, MO. They would probably like nothing better than a nice, bloody riot to help boost their bottom line.
As for me, I hope that every law enforcement officer in the country is like Accomack Sheriff Tod Godwin:
"We don’t see race, we don’t see gender. We see probable cause for an arrest."
It’s odd no one mentioned that Sheriff Godwin is African-American.