Chad Holley Verdict By All-White Houston Jury A Source Of Concern For All Houstonians Concerned With Justice—An All-White Jury In The Most Diverse City In America?
(Above–A scene from the 2010 Chad Holley beating.)
I was not a juror in this case and I did not hear all the evidence.
I can say that it is frustrating that the jury was all-white in what is by some measures the most diverse city in America.
Given our national history, our local history here in Houston and Texas, and the fact of strong divisions of all kinds in America, it is a given that an innocent verdict in the case from an all-white jury would provoke a strong reaction.
Given the present day role of our so-called justice system as a new Jim Crow that incarcerates black men at an alarming rate, it is a given that an innocent verdict in this case from an all-white jury would provoke a strong reaction.
The Houston Chronicle reports that Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Republican Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos disagree with the verdict.
Some local black activists and local black ministers have reacted angrily to the verdict.
Just imagine if these leaders spoke up consistently on a broad range of issues of justice that impact all people and not just one group of people in Houston.
If they did, they would be listened to with greater respect when issues seen in a conventional and narrow sense as mostly impacting black folks were before the public.
At the same time, where are the voices of people of all kinds in voicing concerns on this matter?
If a broader cross-section of Houston white and Latino progressives and liberals would speak up with concerns about the verdict of an all-white jury in this trial, maybe this would help lay the groundwork for a more energetic and hopeful progressive coalition in our city.
The freedom of all people is connected.
Three former Houston Police officers are awaiting trial for their roles in the Chad Holley beating.
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