|Sunday, June 20, 2004
12:15 - This is not satire
"They just don't know any better. How can they be expected to follow our white-man laws?"
South Australia's Court of Criminal Appeal has reduced a jail sentence given to a man who broke into an elderly couple's house because he is Aboriginal.
The Appeal Court ruled that Aborigines are at greater disadvantage in society that whites.
Darren Clarke, 29, broke into the Port Pirie house of a couple in their 70s in November 2002 by smashing the back door.
He ransacked two rooms and stole alcohol and money.
The couple was terrified and traumatised.
Clark was sentenced to three years with a non-parole period of 23 months.
He appealed against that sentence and one of his grounds was that he was Aboriginal.
The Court of Criminal Appeal agreed saying an offender's aboriginality could be relevant.
So much for "racial equality", huh? Some races, apparently, aren't capable of comprehending the modern world we live in. So says the all-knowing State, which knows how best to spend our tax dollars to keep from hearing those petty complaints from The People.
This all started with affirmative action, which seemed like such a benevolent thing at the time, and people who warned of a slippery slope were denounced as racists. But here we are now... and it's going to get worse and worse, because it makes everyone involved feel virtuous, and because the only person an outcome like this victimizes is the person who's in the racial majority. (The person who was a victim in the first place.) And hey, what's wrong with that?
Twenty years from now, once we've all become accustomed to Sharia courts issuing binding legal decisions in Canada and people being acquitted of burglary and murder throughout Europe and Australia and the US because they're from "disadvantaged social groups", what do you suppose the odds are that we'll still all be chanting that minorities always get tougher sentences for the same crimes?
Pretty good, I'll warrant.