Friday, June 14, 2013

A drunk driver kills your child and you face jail. If you are an immigrant you can have another child soon because you are "fertile".

Here in the land of only some are free, we have to constantly shake our heads at how certain people are treated by the justice system.

Take for instance the case of Raquel Nelson down in Georgia.

"Our friends at HLN are discussing a story out of Marietta, Georgia about a mother who is facing two years of jail time after her 4-year-old son was hit and killed by a drunk driver while she and her children were crossing the street. Now, hopefully you're asking yourself how it is that the mother of a boy slain after being hit by a drunk driver while crossing the street could be facing jail time at all, and the answer is because "she chose to cross the street at the bus stop, instead of the nearest crosswalk, three-tenths of a mile away.

 In July 2011, the mom in question, Raquel Nelson (pictured left with her now deceased son), "was convicted of … three misdemeanors: second-degree homicide by a vehicle, crossing roadway elsewhere than a crosswalk and reckless conduct." She received a sentence of one year probation and 40 hours of community service, but has chosen a retrial which begins today. According to HLN, "She now faces up to two years behind bars." 
The driver, Jerry Guy, "fled the scene after the accident but later admitted being involved, according to CNN affiliate WXIA-TV. He was sentenced to five years in prison but served only six months. He is serving the remainder of the sentence on probation,"
CNN noted in July of 2011. Nelson's son A.J. died in April 2010. This woman has been on trial for three years while grieving for the death of her son in what was an accident caused by a drunk driver. If Nelson were to be ticketed at all, to be made an example of (because she's a black single mother and American society loves to make an example of black single mothers), the only charge that seems reasonable in this case is "crossing roadway elsewhere than a crosswalk." There's no doubt that pedestrians need to obey rules and watch out for their own safety, but as Nelson's attorney, David Savoy, suggested, "the white stripes of a crosswalk are not impenetrable walls of steel that could have prevented a driver from striking someone crossing the street."

The idea that Nelson could be convicted of second-degree homicide by a vehicle makes me truly nauseous, because that is passing the buck from Guy to Nelson. Guy was driving the car, Guy was drunk, Guy struck the child and Guy fled. These charges are so, so sadly reflective of America's victim-blaming culture. A child runs out into the street while crossing from the bus stop and is struck by a car and killed. How does it possibly serve anyone to put his mother in jail? She has two other children to take care of. "

Then the author goes there:

"It's hard to imagine a white mother facing trial in the same circumstance. Then again, it's also hard for some to imagine a white mother in the same circumstance, unless she's poor, and then she too is to be made an example of. Because we're taught in America that if we're not wealthy and successful it's our "fault," and that everyone should want to be an over-scheduled, workaholic consumer, because to be otherwise is unpatriotic. It's un-American to stop feeding the machine. And if you're not feeding it, you're milking it, and that makes you scum. It's immature black-and-white thinking (in more than one sense), but that's what we're best at." [Source]

Personally, I blame Ronnie Reagan. He did such a "great" job of creating the "Welfare Queen" stereotype and making it stick. Poor people and people of color are bad. Rich people and all others are good.

Anyway, fortunately it has all ended well for Ms. Nelson. The vehicular homicide charges have been dropped

I guess it's better late than never.

Sometimes a little public scrutiny of an issue can be a good thing.

Finally, if you happen to be a young white person in America with no children I suggest that you start trying to have them. Jeb Bush and others in the republican party really need you to push one out for the home team.

If you don't, those "fertile" immigrants are going to have you in the minority before you can say apple pie.


NSangoma said...


Negroes have the habit of letting their scion out of their parked automobiles on the traffic side versus the sidewalk side of their auto, as well as, crossing the street with their scion in the middle of the damn street.


Frustrated Negro said...

The Justice Dept should be all over this Field ...

Lets write a petition to Obama , and see how that plays out...

Good Field Negro reporting on this one Field...

Neil Gillespie said...

Yes, it is outrageous that this grieving mother was charged with three misdemeanors, including second-degree homicide by a vehicle. Glad to read she got it knocked down to jaywalking and a $200 fine. This injustice did not happen in a vacuum. Name names. Who was the presiding judge? Who was the overcharging assistant state attorney?

Look, we live in a police state, one getting worse by the day. Blame it on the "criminal justice" industry. This is what passes for honest work, locking up ordinary people, now that so many manufacturing jobs have been shipped overseas. Our once-productive economy has been hollowed-out, and replaced with this soul-crushing evil.

Any chance this judge or prosecuting attorney would aggressively pursue white collar crime in a bank or financial institution? Or is low hanging fruit like Raquel Nelson an easier way to advance one’s career in the criminal justice industry?

Anonymous said...

Field, your post is depressing. I am sorry I read it. There are too waaay too many injustices against Blacks.

I don't know how you do it as a black lawyer in a corrupt system designed to punish and ruin the lives of Blacks. It's very sad and hopeless for us.

Is it any wonder that Blacks are depressed? And even worse, all of these increased injustices against us are happening under the Obama Administration. Our first black President has more Blacks incarcerated and more Blacks unemployed in the history of America...Can somebody explain to me WHY that is?

Anonymous said...

Field, tell me something: Why haven't you mentioned all the deaths in Philly from that collapsed building? Are you ashamed?

Anonymous said...

"American society loves to make an example of black single mothers

Bullshit. American society not only eternally covers and apologizes for black single mothers, American society provides the staggering amount of public assistance needed to create the tens of millions of black single mothers staggering across busy roads with their little bastards in tow.

I have seen, thousands of times, negresses crossing a busy street, standing on the center line, far from any crosswalk, with a couple of toddlers straggling behind, like they couldn't care the fuck less if one of their kids got flattened by a truck or not.

Every Goddamn day.

I have never seen a white woman do the same thing.

Ronald Reagan didn't create the Welfare Queen stereotype; welfare did. Ronald Reagan didn't make this stupid bitch drag her five year old across a busy street in the middle of the night, she did that all on her own.

It was beyond stupid of the state to prosecute this mother over the death of her child. It was even stupider to pay her to have that child in the first place.

California Girl said...

My 1st reaction: incredulity (unfortunately becoming a go-to too often).
My 2nd: sad.
My 3rd: amazement the "letter of the law" applied so vigorously to her while the drunk driver who "fled the scene" probations out.

Tell Frustrated I'll sign that petition.

field negro said...

Frustrated, you should get a show on Fox if all u want to do is talk about that Obama fellow all the time.

Do u think the next president will be any different? Dumbocrat or republican, it doesn't matte, the system is rigged. Get over your Obama obsession and try to work in your commiunity to make it better.

If u think the next republican president will be better for u Negroes than the one u have now I have a an antique bell with a slight crack on the side here in Philly that I would love to sell u.

Anonymous said...

field,your use of hyperbole is a bit much.

welfare queens do exist. want examples?

"If u think the next republican president will be better for u Negroes"

incomes of poor and families of color grew under reagan and bush.

how much have incomes grown for poor families and families of color under the obamessiah? oh wait,they haven't....

and thanks for misrepresenting what bush said. (from your link)

"Immigrants create far more businesses than native-born Americans," Bush said at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Washington. "Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity."

Though Bush may have been a bit inelegant in the way he said it, his point is correct. Data from the National Center for Health Statistics show that foreign-born women have a higher birthrate than that of U.S.-born women, according to a report by MSNBC. (That would be 87.8 births per 1,000 foreign-born women aged 15-44 vs. 58.9 for U.S.-born women.)

Census data released Thursday show that the U.S. population grew last year because of growth among Hispanics, Asians and blacks. The Asian population grew by 2.9%, mostly as a result of immigration.

so please point out where jeb bush "needs" you to push one out for the home team.

can't? didn't think so..

Frustrated Negro said...

You cant even take a compliment correctly...

Fox ..News??

Your really convinced Im a Republican, and the ONLY reason is because I dont believe in the chosen one...

I would never prostitute myself out to Racist,Reactionary Republicans to espouse my views on O-bomber...

You posted a good story...lets leave it at that...

Your hyper sensitivity to even mentioning his name has been noted...

Desertflower said...

While it's outrageous that this mom had to face the horror of legal charges against her while suffering the tragic loss of a son at the hands of a drunk driver who is barely prosecuted for his criminal behavior.

The fact that she was supposedly jaywalking (if indeed she was)gives the punitive and reactionary a handle if you will, to blame the victim and exonerate the perpetrator.

I wonder if this road had a sidewalk or walkway that pedestrians can walk safely on?

I say this because in all of this island except for the San Juan metro enclave, there are no sidewalks.
and runners/joggers routinely get run over because drivers here want nothing in their way, and will run them over.

We have one particular town here that the elementary school is right on the side of the road.

One sees the moms in the morning juggling strollers and kiddies and doing their best to avoid traffic zooming down the mountain.
Hair raising,really!

But if one of those cars hits a child, and they have, the driver will get punished.

Whose fault? It's obvious...

As for the "fertile immigrants" comment, well it's not their fault that many Americans no longer want to have children!

Immigrants love children and family and want to populate the earth. That's a good thing!

Otherwise, there'd be no people!!! ;))

Country Boy said...

@ Frustrated:

Consider Angelo M. Codevilla’s ‘America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution’ (2010):

The ruling class’s appetite for deference, power, and perks grows. The country class disrespects its rulers, wants to curtail their power and reduce their perks. The ruling class wears on its sleeve the view that the rest of Americans are racist, greedy, and above all stupid. The country class is ever more convinced that our rulers are corrupt, malevolent, and inept. The rulers want the ruled to shut up and obey. The ruled want self-governance. The clash between the two is about which side’s vision of itself and of the other is right and which is wrong. Because each side — especially the ruling class — embodies its views on the issues, concessions by one side to another on any issue tend to discredit that side’s view of itself. One side or the other will prevail. The clash is as sure and momentous as its outcome is unpredictable.

Something has gone wrong with our political processes, on a global scale. But what? It’s obviously subtle — we haven’t been on the receiving end of a bunch of jack-booted fascists or their communist equivalents organizing putsches. But we’ve somehow slid into a developed-world global-scale quasi-police state, with drone strikes and extraordinary rendition and unquestioned but insane austerity policies being rammed down our throats, government services being outsourced, peaceful protesters being pepper-sprayed, tased, or even killed, police spying on political dissidents becoming normal, and so on. What’s happening?

Here’s a hypothesis: Representative democracy is what’s happening. Unfortunately, democracy is broken. There’s a hidden failure mode, we’ve landed in it, and we probably won’t be able to vote ourselves out of it.

Wesley R said...

Bad news out of Jamaica Field.
Veronica Campbell Brown tested positive for diuretic, a banned masking agent. Sounds like some bull to me.

Black Sage said...

Field Negro said: " If you think the next Republican president is going to be better for u Negroes."

Huh, get over it Field Negro, white folks don't accept Jamaicams either. By the way, since when did white people cease considering Jamaicans as negroes?

Quit slumbering, fake ass Field Negro (FAFN)!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Everyone knows Jamaicans are cheaters

field negro said...

"Everyone knows Jamaicans are cheaters"

You might want to look elsewhere for that "cheater".

Just sayin.;)

field negro said...

Oh, and before I forget.

Bob said...

If she'd accepted the sentence it'd all have been over a year ago. She should have been charged with child endangerment instead of vehicular homicide. Unless the lawyer worked pro bono, she has hefty bills to pay off.

Afrikan said...

in July 2011, the mom in question, Raquel Nelson (pictured left with her now deceased son), "was convicted of … three misdemeanors: second-degree homicide by a vehicle, crossing roadway elsewhere than a crosswalk and reckless conduct."

Any excuse to mistreat the Afrikan Now you know why i will never stop kicking their flat asses, penile pump needing, child raping pedophiles on my blog, in their faces or wherever ITs always ON

Bill said...

>Personally, I blame Ronnie Reagan

Do you charge all the right-wingers rent for occupy-FN-mind?

Isn't it about time for you to stop blaming your political opponents and actually doing something positive to help the community?

Bill said...

>Why haven't you mentioned all
>the deaths in Philly from that
>collapsed building?

Simple answer...

FN can't blame white people or republicans so he doesn't care.

It's about the politics of hate.

Anonymous said...

Drunk driver is either connected, rich, or holding bad photos of a local politician.

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