04 August 2018

Angry people

I have to say that I am very saddened by all the hatred being spewed forth.  No one seems to be capable of calm, honest discussion.  As soon as someone disagrees or favors the other side, they are immediately labelled a "troll" or other name.  It just goes downhill from there and everyone leaves angrier and more ignorant.

When I was younger, I was a "black and white" guy.  Things were that simple.  Either it was right or it was wrong and no shades in between.  As I've gotten older, the grays and other shades started to appear.  I think the best way to put it is how a former boss put it, "There are two sides to every story and the truth is somewhere in the middle".  Simplistic but it does remind me to try to look for the other side.

What also amazes me is that so many people are willing to believe a random meme without doing any research.  One I saw tonight involved Chase Legleitner and Lamar Lloyd.  Both are young adults that committed robberies in Florida.  The Herald Tribune cited these two as an example of racial disparity.  Legleitner got 2 years in prison while Lloyd got 26 years for "the same crime".   I'm sure you've guessed by now that Legleitner is white and Lloyd is black.

I did mention to the person that posted the meme that there were some mitigating factors.  Legleitner and his co-defendants robbed 3 men in a drug deal.  Legleitner later agreed to testify against his co-defendants and cut a deal with the prosecutors.

Lloyd and his co-defendants robbed a Pizza Hut while it was open for business.  They walked in and pointed a gun at the employees.  They later went to a Sunoco gas station and robbed the clerk.  Oh, and Lloyd had a 3 and a 5 year old children with him in the car while committing the crimes. 

The Florida 12th Judicial Court investigated this situation after the news story and pointed out the differences.  In particular that when Lloyd committed his crimes, he endangered the general public by robbing businesses that had innocent customers present.

So was it fair?  I don't know.  I'm sure there are other mitigating factors that I don't know.  But I do know that by showing remorse and cutting a deal with the prosecutor to testify against your co-defendants will buy you a lot of points.  I don't know if Lloyd was cooperative/remorseful or not.

Anyway, the point is that the meme was over-simplistic and doesn't even come close to telling the whole story.  It only served to inflame passions with incomplete information.

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