Now before you jump up and down thinking I'm some sort of fanatical Tea Partier and accuse me of racsim, try to remember the Jena Six. The Jena Six is a rather complicated event. But it really got started when six black high school students beat up a white high school student. The victim went to the hospital, but was released the same day, and I think went back to school. The six attackers; they were chared with assault with a deadly weapon. The prosecuter believed that the shoes the attackers were wearing qualified as a weapon. The howls of protestations accusing the District Attorneys office of racism could be heard from coast to coast. Eventually all of the six plead to a simple charge of battery and avoided jail time.
I do not believe that racism played a part in any of the events of Jena Six. But charging those students with assault with a weapon when there was on real weapon present, and the victim was not hospitalized for very long, was over the top by itself. How does this play into the movie Girl Fight. Over the course of the movied, the actions of the girls (the attackers) were said to be reprehensible and unconsciencable. While true, no one, NO ONE, was on their side saying that they are being over-charge, as in the Jena Six situation. I didn't see if the victim had to stay in the hospital for a lengthy time, but I did see that she was physically healthy with no loss of higher brain function, but the girls were still being charged with attempted murder (I think). And all I could think was, that wouldn't be happening if they were black.
That points to the real racism of it all. We expect black people to act violently, so we shrug our shoulders when we hear that they assaulted, or murded, someone. We then move on with or lives. It is a more extreme version of the soft bigotry of low expectation.
But what those white girls did was unfathomable to our conscience, because white people, and white girls in particular, just aren't so violent. In order to alleviate ourselves of realization that white people can be brutally violent, society, in the form of the District Attorney Office, piles on the criminal charges on those white girls, satisfying both our own bloodlust and our sense of high expections for the white race.
It's what happened with Casey Anthony. The whole world knows what happened, and that American are horrified by what transpired. In contrast, hundreds of black people are murdered every year, mostly by black people. But does anyone really care? The answer can be found by what the news media says is a virtual crime against humanity, a white prepetrated crime, or a black one.