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Is justice colorblind?

The Artdog Image of Interest

Normally, it’s not a good thing to be “colorblind” where race is concernedThat can make it too easy to pass over injustices and put-downs (both “microaggressions” and the more macro sort). 

But, as with so-called “blind auditions,” sometimes it’s only justice, if it IS colorblind, so everyone is treated equally. 

In a 2012 Duke University study, researchers examined more than 700 felony trials in Florida. Their key findings were that in cases when the jury was all white, black defendants were convicted 81% of the time, compared with a 66% conviction rate for whites. When at least one jury member was black, the conviction rates were nearly identical, with 71% of black defendants and 73% of white defendants receiving guilty verdicts.

IMAGE: Many thanks to Duke University and Tamberly Ferguson
, via the A2L website, for today’s infographic.

Can the New Year bring new attitudes?

The Artdog Quote(s) of the Week

I’d like to wrap up our month-long focus on homelessness in the Quotes of the Week with some thoughts about the future: specifically, the generation that is growing up homeless right now. What does homelessness do to a child? It’s devastating. And the ill-effects can last for decades. Even a lifetime. Complacency isn’t an option.

Can we do a reset? I fear it’s an uphill battle. But another year is coming, a whole season of fresh starts and new beginnings. Can we have hope?

Better to ask: can we dare (or bear) not to have hope?

IMAGES: Many thanks to StoreMyPic for the quote image from Cyndi Lauper about youth homelessness; to MoreFamousQuotes, for more of the above; and to Stephanie Guzman’s Pinterest board for the “The Greatest Cruelty” (unattributed) quote-image.

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