Tuesday, June 22, 2004
You've got to love defense attorneys. They can come up with some pretty creative excuses for crimes. Randall Vogt, a lawyer in Beaverton, OR, is saying that his client beat his 2-year-old son to death because of the white man. It seems his client is suffering from Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder. Because his ancestors were beaten by their white slavemasters, he's justified in the beating death of his son. But this theory doesn't belong to Vogt, it's the work of assistant professor in the Portland State University Graduate School of Social Work, Joy DeGruy-Leary. DeGruy-Leary testified in Washington County Circuit Court that African Americans today are affected by past centuries of U.S. slavery because the original slaves were never treated for the trauma of losing their homes; seeing relatives whipped, raped and killed; and being subjugated by whites.

You know, they may have something here. Because the white man stole my peoples land and identity, I'm going to steal my white neighbor's stereo. I'm justified in it, aren't I? It's payback. Come on, what the hell. This guy was never a slave. His parents weren't slaves. His grandparents weren't slaves. How can anyone justify anything by something that ended almost 150 years ago? That's what's wrong with this country today. No personal responsibility by anyone. It's always someone else's fault. The Government, society, t.v., music, video games, and now the past. When are people going to stand up and take the blame for their own actions?

Credit: Oregon Live
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