The Onion recently launched its news TV show, and from all we can tell, it’s off to a pretty strong start. Case in point? This satirical segment on the white girl who was sentenced to be tried as a black adult. It’s a light spin on the heartbreaking injustice of criminal prosecutions in the U.S, and a glimpse so many of America’s disenfranchised voters are black. Before last November’s midterm elections, Hatty Lee offered up some startling infographics that put the numbers in perspective: Over 5 million, or one of forty-one, adults have lost their voting rights due to felony convictions. And that number includes 1.4 million black men, who’ve lost their voting rights at a rate seven times the national average.
The Onion: White Girl Sentenced To Trial As Black Adult
Because sometimes all you can do is laugh.
By Jamilah King Jan 24, 2011