FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 2014
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — 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.
The cases of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Gardner are nothing new but merely a continuation of history as the 1955 – Emmett Till – incident has proven. Rogers Hicks, founder of the Race Justice organization, says that “if not repealed, Batson will continue to have devastating and destructive effects over the lives of people of color by depriving them their civil and constitutional right to a fair and impartial jury system under guise of judicial process.”
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 www.change.org/p/repeal-batson-v-ky-ruling-no-right-to-jury-with-members-of-one-s-own-race
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