Would the Verdict Have Been Different if Casey Anthony was Black? In my opinion that is definitely a question worth contemplating.
The acquittal of O.J. Simpson set a precedent that is directly linked to what happened in the courtroom of the Casey Anthony case today, whether or not we Americans choose to admit it. Back when scores of black Americans were seen celebrating that day in October of 1995, contrary to popular belief, they were not celebrating the liberation of their beloved wrongly accused hero. The celebration was because the rest of the world was finally let in on an ugly little secret that was already well known if you were black or poor or both, i.e., the flawed characteristics of the United States criminal justice system. O.J.’s freedom was due not to his innocence, but to his capability of having the best legal team that money could buy. With that, the myth of the American justice system being fair and blind was shattered.
To quote State Attorney Lawson Lamar, prosecutor for the Anthony case after the announcement of the not guilty verdict, “This is justice in America”. My sentiments exactly, as justice in our country seems to be reserved for a select few, and left to the interpretation of those with specific features and specific powers. No, Casey Anthony may not be a rich former football hero or a wealthy and powerful head of an international banking institution, but it seems to me that in America, white and cute is a whole other form of currency. The end result of this case astounds me as a human being and an American, sickens me as a mother, and exasperates me as a black person who, like most black people, has seen how biased a place the courtroom can be if you are not the right color or gender. I can’t help but think that if Casey looked like I do and the evidence were the same that the jury may have responded in another way.