I know that Davontaye’s actions caused the deaths of four people. But please don’t give him life in prison. He suffers from Povertenza. You may not know about this condition but Povertenza is an illness that people from impoverished socio-economic backgrounds have.
Due to the inability to access quality education and employment, Davontaye’s development has been stifled. This leads to poor decision making and I would further argue that since his neighborhood sees so much death and destruction, that he may even suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome in addition to Povertenza.
Judge, it is clear that Davontaye can not be held responsible for his actions. He needs rehabilitation, not prison. Prison would only worsen his mental condition.
This defense obviously doesn’t work for black youth. Yet, news outlets are spiraling about 16 year-old Ethan Couch who caused the deaths of 4 people by drunk driving. His defense, was that he suffered from “Affluenza” a disorder that only the affluent have. According to his lawyers, Couch was shielded from personal responsibility his entire life. Discipline is not a word in his vocabulary…(read more)
That’s what I’m saying. If povertenza can’t be a thing (when there’s actually social research that backs up how poverty can negatively impact socializaion and self-development) then affluenza DEFINITELY shouldn’t be a thing.
But even so a rich black person could have NEVER gotten away with what Couch did. So it’s about class AND race.
This shit gives me such a fucken headache. I am so mad about this little fucker getting of scot-free. UUUGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH
(Source: padarnaalat, via optimisticduelist)