Angela Corey Is Under Fire
A post-verdict statement made by Angela Corey, Florida attorney general for the prosecution of George Zimmerman, came across to many viewers as callous and bizarre — Corey, who had just lost her case, spoke with a certain air of victory (more than one observer noted that the perceived satisfaction and attitude of gracious thanks was almost Academy Awards acceptance speech-esque) and what the Boston Herald’s Peter Gelzinis described as "the weird smile of an event planner."
That smile, accompanied by her key phrase — “This case has never been about race or the right to bear arms” (HAHA, k) — hasn’t improved the firestorm building against Corey right now. Shortly before the Zimmerman verdict came in, Corey personally prosecuted Marissa Alexander to the fullest extent of the law for firing a single warning shot at her abusive husband; both her case and Martin’s involved the invocation of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, which allows citizens to use “lethal force” if in life-threatening danger, and both Alexander and Martin were African American.
In the five year period between 2006/7 and 2010/11, across the state of Florida, an average of 52 % of black male juveniles were tried as adults for crimes they had committed. Angela Corey tried an average of 70%. The same state over the same time period tried an average of 25% of white male juveniles as adults for crimes that they had committed, Angela Corey, on the other hand, tried an average of 18%.
These horrible statistics should be the driving force behind questioning Corey’s right to remain in her position — God knows we have no idea why Corey was smiling during her press conference, but tweeting about the above issues would be far more effective for progress than ragging on her makeup or her weight. If Corey were “conventionally attractive,” she’d still be morally negligible. I mean, just look at Ann Coulter. (Or don’t look directly at her, that’s fine too.)
‘Zimmerman Verdict: Angela Corey’s Smile Raises Twitter Questions’ [Digital Journal]
She was in a leadership position for the prosecution? This is fucking surreal.
Are you shitting me? How many people at AnOther Magazine had to say yes to this? How did Michelle Williams agree to this? Did no one realize L. Frank Baum was a proponent of Native American genocide, and that having one of the stars of the Oz movie pose as Native American was probably a bad move?
Mitt Romney’s son jokes about assaulting the president: Mitt Romney’s eldest son joked in a radio interview that he wanted to “take a swing” at President Barack Obama after Obama called his father a liar.
“Jump out of your seat and you want to rush down to the stage and take a swing at him,” Tagg said, laughing.
“But you know you can’t do that because, well, first because there’s a lot of Secret Service between you and him, but also because that’s the nature of the process.”
Yes because a good whippin’ would teach that Obama boy to mind his place.
It’s worth trying to imagine any black man associated with a credible black candidate for the presidency, joking about beating down the incumbent president of the United States. Racism isn’t just in what you do and don’t say, but in the terrain you walk. It is baked in the cake—a fact which is hard to understand when you are the party of white people."
I don’t know who to ask to come collect the Romney family. In a way, though, I think it’s useful to shine a light on privileged, entitled, unself-aware fucks like this who predominate positions of power and wealth in this country.
I love that Mitt Romney laughed when Obama said “I don’t want someone who thinks my daughter doesn’t look…or your’s…”
He thinks it’s REALLY funny that his daughter would NEVER be considered “Non-American.”
Not the first time he’s laughed at his own white privilege. Remember when he joked in MA about how “Nobody’s ever asked to see MY birth certificate!”
“Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages” -Angela Y. Davis