|Colten Bouchie (l) & Garald Stanley (r)|
The press has couched their coverage of this tragic story in terms of an all white jury acquitting a white man of killing an aboriginal man. The inference is that a racist white jury was partial to Stanley and made sure he was acquitted. Perhaps that is true, but we need evidence. Saying the jury was white is not evidence.
What actual proof is there that the trial of Gerald Stanley was corrupted by a racist jury? Was evidence was overlooked or ignored to get him off the charges? Did somebody witness members of the jury saying or doing anything that would lead one to conclude they were racist or could not be impartial? Who? Was the jury selection slanted? Is so, how? Is Gerald Stanley known for his violence and racist views? The media must not focus on an all white jury acquitting a white man of killing an indigenous man until these questions are be answered. It may be sensational and good optics for television but it does give us the depth we need. What is required is neutral assessment of claims made inside and outside the courtroom. Investigate!
Groups of aboriginal people and their allies marching in streets demanding justice again begs the question: What injustice was committed? They may be right. But the media must ask the protesters what was the miscarriage of justice? Show specific examples and I will march with them (or more accurately push my wheelchair). Identifying the colour of the parties in this story isn't an example.
Colten Bouchie's uncle Alvin Bouchie is calling for a separate justice system for Indigenous people. Really? Different justice systems for different people? (There are also Canadian Muslims who want Shariah law.)
The Canadian Criminal Code is the standard for judging Criminal offenses. That standard must apply equally to everyone. Nobody is above the law, nor is anyone beneath the law. If justice for Colten Bouchie fell beneath it, that needs to be specifically identified and reported. Highlight evidence that clarifies the validity or inaccuracy of accusations or inferences of injustice and racism in the death of Colten Bouchie.
The media needs to do a better job.
Mark Davis Pickup