Another example of that came from Texas, where a judge, James Oakley,
received a slap on the wrist and was allowed to remain on the bench after posting on Facebook, in response of a media announcement of an arrest of a dark-skinned suspect in the murder of a police officer, stated: "Time for a tree and a rope".
Of course, the judge later erased the post, apologized and claimed that his post was not meant as racist, and was taken "out of context".
Yet, what kind of context is needed to read it as anything other than racist?
Why just a slap on the wrist? Why just a public reprimand (which, as you understand, is nothing in terms of accountability and deterrence of future misconduct) and order into "racial sensitivity training" with a mentor of the Commission's choice?
Can one teach a raging violent racist how not to be a raging violent racist?
And even that discipline happened only because of the judge's own stupidity of openly stating on Facebook his obviously long-held beliefs:
- there is no presumption of innocence in criminal proceedings;
- a black person charged with a crime is guilty on publication of charges,