Do you remember the scene in “Malcolm X” where Denzel and Spike were in court with the 2 white women they were dating and got hella years compared the light sentencing of their co-criminals? Denzel’s lines went something like this…
The average first offender gets two years for burglary.
We were all first offenders.
That’s what the girls drew.
Two years in the women’s reformatory.
Our crime wasn’t burglary.
It was sleeping with white girls.
They threw the book at us.
For some reason this the sentencing of the Barbie Bandits made me think of that scene. You know the reason, and obviously the NAACP feels my pain. The head of the Georgia NAACP called for the state to investigate the sentences given in the so-called “Barbie bandits” bank theft case, saying the two white defendants got less prison time than two black men.
Last month, Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley sentenced 20-year-old Heather Johnston to 10 years probation after she pleaded guilty to a charge of theft by taking in the 2007 heist. The judge gave 19-year-old Ashley Miller two years in jail and eight years probation. Both women are white. Michael Chastang, 28, was sentenced to 10 years for being the mastermind of the robbery, and bank teller Bennie Allen III, 23, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to five years. Both men are black. Chastang also is serving 15 years on unrelated drug-trafficking charges and Allen was on probation for a drug conviction.
Source: Associated Press