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Friday, April 04, 2008

Iowa Independent: Polk Co. Judge: 'White People Are Responsible'

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent

Jurist Sees Racial Injustice in Iowa Courts... Lady Justice wears a
blindfold to signify that justice is supposed to be blind. But in
Iowa, her blindfold is askew, and that's a bad thing for people of
color. Unequal treatment for minorities -- especially blacks -- can be
found at nearly every decision-making point within Iowa's criminal
justice and child welfare systems. Decisions that if tainted with
prejudice can mean jail or prison, foster care and termination of
parental rights. It's not happening by accident. Polk County District
Associate Court Judge Joe Smith says he knows why it's happening and
he recognizes the culprits. It's a rather surprising answer.

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