Judge Alex Ferrer, who used to host the television show “Judge Alex,” and who is also a lawyer, appeared on The O’Reilly Factor with Juan Williams, and denounced Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s sentiment that she would “get justice for Freddie Gray.” Rawlings-Blake, along with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, are all black women. According to Ferrer, Rawlings-Blake is playing the race card for political gain.
She said, according to Fox News Insider’s article on the show:
If, with the nation watching, three black women at three different levels can’t get justice and healing for this community, you tell me where we’re going to get it in our country.
Ferrer replied to those remarks with:
In a racially charged and racially divided case, I’m not sure that it’s a great idea for her to get up there and say if three black women can’t get justice in this case. It kind of is pitting an us against them mentality. But, I understand, I wouldn’t be surprised if Al Sharpton wrote the speech for her, because this is Baltimore, where two out of three residents are African-American. So I think she totally was basing her next campaign on this.[…]
The mayor of the city should not be stirring the pot along racial terms. But I think she’s doing it clearly for her next re-election.
Now, despite the fact that Alex Ferrer was a television judge, he was an actual judge who ruled on actual legal cases. He’s Cuban, but he grew up in the U.S. He also become one of the youngest police officers in the state of Florida.
He’s also dismissing the idea that race does play a factor in these cases, and yet, he’s a judge. Do we really have to ask why black people feel like the justice system is stacked against them, when you have a judge and lawyer saying that a black mayor shouldn’t bring race into a case like this? He’s assuming that she made those remarks to spur her re-election campaign, rather than because she’s black, so she’s seen (and probably experienced) the injustice that black people in Baltimore experience. Ferrer is looking down on the situation from on high, through the lens of white privilege.
It’s hard to make the case that she was merely stirring the racial pot when you haven’t actually talked to her, and don’t know her experiences with being a black person in Baltimore. Hey, she’s the mayor! She can’t have had it too rough, right? But to have a judge do that makes it worse. All the man did was prove exactly how the justice system is stacked against the black community by saying that race should be kept out of this.
In an ideal world, we could keep race out of it, because race wouldn’t ever be a factor. This isn’t an ideal world, though, and people insist on telling the black community what their experiences are, instead of opening their ears, minds and hearts, and shutting their mouths and listening.
Ferrer should be ashamed of himself for this. Watch the whole exchange below:
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