« on: December 17, 2004, 09:50:35 AM »
Alright guys, this our future profession. Do you realy want a half-wit bigot like this around? A postion like judge requires a level of integrity that I think was clearly breached by his actions and as a consequence, I think he should have his right to practice in any capacity revoked.
Judge Suspended for Wearing Blackface at Halloween Party
The Associated Press
A judge who wore blackface makeup, handcuffs and a jail jumpsuit at a Halloween party will be suspended for six months, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled Monday.
The justices voted 5-2 to suspend Judge Timothy Ellender for a year without pay for dishonoring his position, but to defer half of that penalty. Ellender will lose more than $50,000 in pay, one judge noted.
Ellender, who is white, testified the costumes worn by him and his wife -- she was dressed as a policewoman -- were meant only as a joke to show he was her prisoner. The party's host, Ellender's brother-in-law, was dressed as Buckwheat.
The justices agreed Ellender did not mean to insult blacks. Nevertheless, they ordered him to take a sociology course "which will assist him in achieving a greater understanding of racial sensitivity."
Phone messages left with Ellender and his attorney, Bill Bordelon, were not immediately returned.
Jerome Boykin, head of the Terrebonne Parish branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, applauded the ruling.
"The Supreme Court sent a strong message that the court won't tolerate racist acts by judges," he said.
Bordelon argued Ellender should not be punished because the blackface incident occurred only once and was not persistent behavior. But Justice Chet Traylor, writing for the majority, said the incident was damaging.
"The negative shroud cast upon the state's judiciary by Judge Ellender's actions will only be lifted by time," Taylor said.
the wearing of black face and his testimony offer great insight into how he thinks and how his perception of black people may influence his decisions. if u look at the article it says "Ellender, who is white, testified the costumes worn by him and his wife -- she was dressed as a policewoman -- were meant only as a joke to show he was her prisoner. so wearing a jail jumpsuit with handcuffs standing next to a woman dressed as an officer doesn't show the relationship of cop and prisoner? no one would get the joke if u didn't wear black face? that is a weak explanation but says a lot about his perception. he associates being black with being a criminal. this asscoaition will most likely spill over into his job. if ur job is to judge guilt and innocense and u associate being a black with being a prisionor, u will be more likely and willing to convict a black person b/c u automatically are influenced by how you see this person beyond the evidence and testimony. is that really fair and impartial? aren't those major elements of your job?
should he be removed? one part says yes, but then the other says no b/c all people arre influenced by our associations and perceptions. however, most people don't do things as stupid as this.