— The Supreme Court’s ruling on Batson v Kentucky declares that “A citizen has no right to a jury composed in whole or in part of persons of his/her own race.” —
Nationwide — An online petition has been launched on Change.org in an attempt to abolish the court ruling that makes it legal for African-Americans (and other minorities) to have their causes heard by all-white grand juries. Civil rights leaders say that cases where minorities are subjected to all-white jury trials have proven over time to be illegal cases of racial discrimination, which has caused grave injustice to people of color for decades.
Hicks adds, “Indeed, in America, a country designated as the melting pot, with its many different types of people, ideas, religions, etc. existing together, racial diversity on juries would unquestionably improve a jury’s ability to assess witness testimony, evaluate cross-racial situations, avoid unfounded presumptions, and permit a fair outcome in both criminal and civil proceedings. Equally important, racial diversity on juries would improve public confidence on part of African-Americans (and other minorities) in our American Jury System.”
To sign the online petition, visit:
For more information about the petition, visit www.racejustice.net
For more information about the book “Race Justice: Judicial Atrocities” by Rogers Hicks, visit www.racejustice.com