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Guess How The Stanford Rape Case Judge Sentenced A Latino For A Similar Crime

Judge Aaron Persky recently pissed off a lot of people after he gave a very light sentence to Brock Turner, the former Stanford athlete who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman. Just a few weeks after that incident, Persky sentenced another man– this time, a Latino– for a similar crime. He wasn’t as lenient.

Brock Turner was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault for raping an unconscious woman, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.

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In 2015, Brock Turner was arrested after two international students found him sexually assaulting a passed out woman behind a dumpster. In March, he was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person, sexual penetration of an intoxicated person, and sexual penetration of an unconscious person. Turner has refused to take responsibility for raping an unconscious woman, blaming “party culture” instead.

Judge Persky gave him six months in county jail. People were not happy.

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In his decision, Judge Persky said that he chose to give Turner six months in county jail and three years of probation because he didn’t want to further ruin the convicted rapist’s life. The backlash was immediate. A recall campaign to remove Judge Persky from his seat was launched.

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Judge Persky recently oversaw the sentencing of a Latino who committed a similar crime. He sentenced him to three years.

On Monday, the Guardian reported that Judge Persky sentenced Raul Ramirez, a 32-year-old immigrant from El Salvador, to three years in prison for sexually assaulting his roommate. Ramirez admitted to his crime and expressed remorse for his actions, two things Brock Turner didn’t do. The three-year sentence was part of a plea deal, and is the mandatory minimum sentence for that type of crime.

The difference in sentencing shows a clear bias.

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“What’s happened with Mr. Ramirez is standard,” Alexander Cross, a criminal lawyer who was briefly hired by Ramirez’s family, told the Guaradian “The anomaly is the Stanford case.”

To be clear, what both men did is morally reprehensible, and Ramirez’s sentencing isn’t unfair. But what’s truly disturbing and unjust is that Persky went out of his way to protect Brock Turner. It’s also hard to ignore the fact that much like Turner, Persky was a Stanford student athlete.

Sadly, people of color getting the short end of the sentencing stick is very much the norm.

“Whether due to implicit bias or other factors, race still plays a role in sentencing outcomes,” Sentencing Project executive director Marc Mauer, said to the Guardian.

This is a fact. A report by the American Civil Liberties Union found that blacks and Latinos were more likely to receive harsher and longer sentences than their white counterparts. Those same biases have been found in an algorithm used in issuing sentences based on whether a person is likely to commit crime again. When even computers are being low key racists, then maybe it’s time to admit that our criminal justice system is broken.


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Olive Garden Manager Fired After Complying With Customer’s Racist Request

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Olive Garden Manager Fired After Complying With Customer’s Racist Request

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Good o’l reliable Olive Garden, your favorite first date option as a broke highschooler, is getting the heat this week. After news broke that an occurrence of racism occurred at one of its Indiana establishments, patrons of the Italian-inspired franchise have tons of questions.

A manager at an Olive Garden in Evansville, Indiana complied to a racist request by a couple over the weekend, leaving a Black waitress in shock.

When a white couple chose to dine at the Olive Garden in Evansville, Indiana over the weekend, they requested they be served by a white person only. Instead of standing up for his employees and asking for the pair to leave, the manager complied with the request leaving a hostess and another customer to complain on Instagram.

Now the manager is out of a job.

The incident went viral after being shared by customer Maxwell Robbins  on Facebook.

I’m never going back to the Olive Garden in Evansville. A few white people come in a says that they refuse service from…

Posted by Maxwell Robbins on Sunday, March 1, 2020

According to Robbins the white guests refused service from a “colored” server and asked to speak to a manager.

“The manager without hesitation ensures that they will not receive service from a person of color. That couple should’ve been refused service for even asking something like that,” Robbins complained.

Soon after sharing his post, 16-year-old Amira Donahue, a black hostess who had been berated by the white couple also posted a complaint.

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Posted by Amira Donahue on Sunday, March 1, 2020

According to Newsweek, when one of the white customers asked for hot water and Amira brought it to the table, the customer requested “a server who wasn’t black. The couple then proceeded to talk about her to co-workers and claimed that she was not “family-friendly.” Amira went onto express her disappointment and hurt of not being backed by the restaurants management staff.

In response to the incident, Olive Garden conducted an investigation and issues a statement.

“We have zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind, and the manager involved no longer works for our company,” an Olive Garden spokesperson told TODAY in a statement.

Normani Finally Opens Up About Camila Cabello’s Text Calling Her The N-Word

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Normani Finally Opens Up About Camila Cabello’s Text Calling Her The N-Word

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When news first emerged of Camila Cabello’s racist remarks from the past, just about every Fifth Harmony fan was hurt.

Earlier last year, old Tumblr racist posts that had been created by Cabello resurfaced and made the rounds hurting fans and at least one of her group members.

The old Tumblr posts which had been shared by Cabello between 2012 and 2013 surfaced on Twitter and showed that she had used the N-Word and other derogatory language. She also was shown to have once mocked Rihanna for her 2009 physical assault by then-boyfriend Chris Brown. Soon after the posts were released, the old Tumblr account had been deactivated and Cabello issued an apology stating she was “uneducated and ignorant” at the time of the posts and apologized for using “horrible and hurtful” language.

In once instance, a message between Camila Cabello and her good friend Marielle Guzman, reveals that the “Havana” singer called her own group member, Normani Hamilton, the N-word.

Cabello’s career started with the musical girl group Fifth Harmony, an all women’s lineup that had been touted and celebrated by its fans for its diversity and push for sisterhood. As the only Black singer in the group, Normani had already faced quite a bit of racial attacks from the bands fans and critics. In an article by The New York Times, published in 2016 just before Cabello left, the news outlet observed how “In fan enclaves across the web, a subset of Fifth Harmony followers called Ms. Kordei “Normonkey,” “coon,” and “nigger.” One said she “deserves to be lynched.” Another Photoshopped her face onto the body of a woman hanging from a tree.”

No doubt, Cabello’s comments were damaging but they also have put her former group member in physical harms way.

In a recent profile for Rolling Stone, Normani said that she had been “hurt” by Camila Cabello’s racist Tumblr posts and were made even more difficult by constant racial abuse from trolls.

“It would be dishonest if I said that this particular scenario didn’t hurt me,” the singer said in her interview with Rolling Stone. “It was devastating that this came from a place that was supposed to be a safe haven and a sisterhood because I knew that if the tables were turned I would defend each of them in a single heartbeat. It took days for her to acknowledge what I was dealing with online and then years for her to take responsibility for the offensive tweets that recently resurfaced. Whether or not it was her intention, this made me feel like I was second to the relationship that she had with her fans.”