Judge Olu Stevens is here to tell you that if a white toddler is scared of black robbers, the only real crime is racismAnd if you think this story is absurd, that means you are a racist and the Eye will see to it you will be fired.
Exaggeration? Let's go to the videotape.Pointing a gun in the face of a 3 year old girl results in essentially no punishment. But Judge Stevens thought the Grays had not suffered enough. He took to Facebook to attack the family again.
But when Wallace was brought up for sentencing Feb. 4 in Jefferson Circuit Court, it was the parents, not Wallace, who suffered Judge Olu Stevens' wrath.
"I am offended. … I am deeply offended that they would be victimized by an individual and express some kind of fear of all black men," he said.
"This little girl certainly has been victimized, and she can't help the way she feels," he said. "My exception is more with her parents and their accepting that kind of mentality and fostering those type of stereotypes."
The Grays were not in court as Stevens denounced their statements and granted probation to Wallace, whom he said deserved the opportunity to redeem himself.[Judge slams victims for tot's 'black men' fear, by Andrew Wolfson, The Courier Journal, April 10, 2015]
But they did see when Stevens condemned their statements again, in a post on Facebook.
"Do three year olds form such generalized, stereotyped and racist opinions of others?" he wrote. "I think not. Perhaps the mother had attributed her own views to her child as a manner of sanitizing them."
By the way, what were the "generalized, stereotyped, and racist opinions" the judge was attacking?
"Whenever we are running errands, if we come across a black male, she holds me tight and begs me to leave," the mother said. "It has affected her friendships at school and our relationships with African-American friends."
That's right. The Grays' were upset because the gun waving criminal had gotten in the way of their efforts at integration. Today, this still counts as racism.
Indiana University law professor Charles Geyh is called upon to explain to the yokels why they simply don't understand how complex race is and why complaining that you are being robbed is racist.
"An observer disconnected from issues of race and racial politics might regard the victim statement as innocuous," he said. "For an observer sensitive to race, however, the implication that black defendants should be held accountable for traumatizing their victims because they are black … is troubling."
If they had just shot the toddler, not only would it not be "troubling," we would have never heard about it.
By the way, what about the armed robber?
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Richard Elder objected to probation for Wallace, who pleaded guilty to a 20-year sentence, saying he was "guilty as hell" and "put a gun in that little girl's father's face."
But Stevens said in court that Wallace had no prior convictions for violent crimes and strong support from his family and friends, who wrote letters to the judge noting that he had won the "Johnny Unitas Scholar Athlete Award" at Iroquois High School and stayed out of trouble during 17 months in jail awaiting trial.
Stevens said in court that "more times than not" he sends offenders who use firearms during their offenses to prison, but in this case "I think the equities weigh in favor of you having the opportunity to redeem yourself."
He a good boy. He din' do nuthin'.
Judge Stevens was appointed by Democratic Governor Steve Beshear in 2009. Amazingly, his website seems to have been taken down recently, but you can still reach him on Twitter at @judgeolustevens