Survey: 86% of African Americans Think Casey Anthony Would be Guilty if She Were Black

by Dr. Boyce Watkins.

In a recent Your Black World survey, readers were asked to ascertain the racial implications of the case of Casey Anthony, a mother who was recently exonerated in the death of her two year old daughter, Caylee.   After the surprising not guilty verdict, people across the nation were wondering if Casey would have received the same treatment had her name been Laquita Monteray Jackson.  In other words, would she have received the same treatment if she’d been a black woman accused of killing her own child?

Results of the survey indicate quite clearly that African American respondents do not believe that the verdict would have been the same if Casey had been black.  A full 86.3% of the respondents said that the verdict would have changed to “guilty” had she been African American.  Only 4.2% said that the verdict would have been the same, with the remainder saying that they weren’t sure.

When participants were asked “Should Casey Anthony have been allowed to go free?” nearly two-thirds of the respondents (63.5%) said” no,” implying that they believe she is guilty of the crime.  Only 14.5% of the respondents said they believe Casey Anthony to be innocent of the charges.

The survey also appears to be reflective of a general distrust of the criminal justice system by members of the African American community.  When asked  “Do you think the justice system is fair with regard to race?” 94.3% of the respondents said “no.”

While the Casey Anthony trial can’t quite be compared with the racially-charged OJ Simpson case, the results of the survey seem to argue that people of color felt that Anthony’s skin color played a role in her being allowed to go free.  One of the points of my first book, “What if George Bush were a Black Man?” was to investigate the idea that people of color don’t tend to get the same breaks and second chances that might be given to them if they were white.  It’s hard to imagine a black woman in the national spotlight for allegedly with killing her child being allowed to walk out of the court room and move on with her life.   This case, as well as the OJ Simpson trial (to a greater extent) taught us a few things about America.

 

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and founder of the Your Black World Coalition.  To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

 

  • Fitlady67

    It is sad, we still do not trust the justice system.  I sincerely believe justice is not based on race (these days) but how much you can afford to get a great attorney.  Furthermore, if Casey Anthony were black, the case would have not received very little, if any media attention.

    To get justice, you need a big pocketbook.

  • Gemini2ox

    Yes I believe that if Casey Anthony was black, she would have been found guilty. But that don’t mean that, I would agree with that guilty verdict. I believe it was an accident. Now they want to hound her for the rest of her life, like they’re doing to OJ. Just like in the OJ trial, The Prosecution failed to prove its case!!  OJ is only guilty of being an ass-hole. But he’s no murderer. Oprah want to interview OJ. But only if he will admit his guilt. What’s up with that?!   Instead, why don’t she air his trial (on her network) from start to finish; and let the people see it again. Let them see all the Bull that went on in that trial!  Let her air the facts in the Tawanna Brawley case.Now that was a mess!  The Jury has found Casey Anthony, Not Guilty!  Case closed!

  • Gemini2ox

    Yes I believe that if Casey Anthony was black, she would have been found guilty. But that don’t mean that, I would agree with that guilty verdict. I believe it was an accident. Now they want to hound her for the rest of her life, like they’re doing to OJ. Just like in the OJ trial, The Prosecution failed to prove its case!!  OJ is only guilty of being an ass-hole. But he’s no murderer. Oprah want to interview OJ. But only if he will admit his guilt. What’s up with that?!   Instead, why don’t she air his trial (on her network) from start to finish; and let the people see it again. Let them see all the Bull that went on in that trial!  Let her air the facts in the Tawanna Brawley case.Now that was a mess!  The Jury has found Casey Anthony, Not Guilty!  Case closed!

    • CW

      I agree with some of what you said, but 1. If it were an accident, why doesn’t she say so?  Why all the secrecy?  Her actions are very strange.  Who else would want to harm that child?  Who killed her and why?  2.  Is OJ Simpson was innocent, why did he run?  His actions were also strange.   I believe he did it.  Why would anyone else kill Nicole Brown Simpson?  If he didn’t do it, then maybe he hired someone?  I do have a hard time believing he acted alone.  Don’t forget the other poor soul that lost his life too.

      • diogenes

        She might have Disassociative Identity Disorder – formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder….  if that is the case, what many percieve as lies would be ‘the gods honest truth’ to someone with a shattered mind.

        If she has this condition, it would explain the completely irrational descisions, not the least of which is her decision to appeal the charges she was convicted of, and would also explain the ‘strangeness’ the complete lack of emotion, the seemingly insane belief [on her part] that she is innocent.

  • SapphiresMomma

    They did not prove their case against her, so she walked!

    Not about race. Also, I understand  there were several blacks on the jury. It only took one to hang the jury, and as quickly as they came out on this they must have all been in agreement!

  • Thevoicetochoose

    Absolutely, she would have been found guilty if she was black. The case would not have taken three years and the jury would have deliberated for 20 min, 15 to make it look like they went through the evidence and 5 to go around the table to make sure it was a white secret for life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shakka-Zulu/1379420279 Shakka Zulu

    Blacks like to sympatize with white people and their issues, accounting for all the soap opera watching done by us, relating to people who look nothing like us but sympatising with them, especially white women with man trouble…This girl was complicit with the disappearance and death of her daughter, so was her parents who did not see a microphone they did not want to get behind…This girl will be richly rewarded with book deals, movies of the week, and will be make a celebrity from this case, it’s most unfortunate, but America’s most valuable victim is the white woman and child…If she was a black woman name La’Keisha with her daughter Tyesha missing, and later found dead, there would be no round the clock coverage, because she would have been convicted and sent to prison without fanfare within six months of this crime…

    • cw

      AMEN!

    • Nickcity54

      shakka…..we are simply to receptive….to their “defacto issues” the real issue that is on the table is  “equality”…and receiving our just due but if we wait for the powers that are ….to equal the playing field…then we will be waiting…another  300 years…we must always keep in mind …that their  iconic heroes…like George Wasshington…Thomas Jefferson…….Abraham Lincoln….Charles Darwin…..owned slaves….and or were…facist bigots….whom viewed black people as inferior profit instruments whom were to  be exploited and treated little better then animals…and  they  have the audacity……to continue to criticize  Micheal Vick for his past treatment  of  dogs….which they continue to treat us like……especially in the judicial/prison industrial complex…which is  slavery…..and  is used  by white socitey to decimate……..control…thusly…..dominate……black people !

  • Mandi827

    What a bunch of crap….then why did OJ get off? 12 Jurors made the call….but most of America..BLACK and WHITE think it was a wrong verdict. It has nothing to do with race….I cannot even believe there is a poll about “if she was black”…..QUIT playing the RACE card. EVERYONE…black and white should obey the laws….take responsibility if they broke the law…Most people in jail are there because they broke the law…not because their skin color. Casey should be in jail….OJ should have been put in jail for MURDER years ago. Hopefully justice will be served and Casey will be locked up one day like OJ. They are worthless people.

    • Anonymous

      blacks and whites, men and women, all think the Casey verdict was wrong.  80% of blacks think the OJ verdict was right.  It shows that blacks are the ones with the race problem

      • CW

        Oh yeah,blacks are the ones with the race problem.  That’s why we have the tea party, the kkk, the militia, the nazi party, the nra, the republican party, creating jim crow to keep certain people out, redlining, my fingers are getting tired.  I think you get the picture – but who cares if you don’t.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EGXZ26MK42CPGJ2FMIR3VXS4T4 flextime

    If Casey Anthony was Black it would not even been a trial or case.  Nobody cares about our young black children.  We have to scream just to have the police to come in our neighborhoods to investigate a car thief.  I wonder how many black children cases are unsolved during the last 2 years Nancy Grace has been talking about Caylee?  Still no justice in site for Mitrice 

    • Kevin Adams629

       A agree 100 % …..

    • diogenes

      There are twice as many unsolved cases of white children being reported as missing during the past two years as compared to unsolved cases of black children who have been reported missing during the past two years.

  • greg38

    There WOULD be no media coverage for a black woman killing her child. The racist white media has proven time and again that the importance of black life is the equivalent of a used piece of toilet paper. Sad, but true. :(

  • Jamal

    The media would just view it as another nigger dead and another one going to jail for life. Case closed.

  • J Johnson

    STOP IT! I do hope one day we as blacks would stop down playing ourselves. If Barack Obama was white he would not be president.

    • CL

       WHAT??? Wait a minute.  Are you saying that white people never become president and black people just get all the breaks in that arena??  Is there no end to this kind of stupidity??  I thought missx was ignorant and stupid – then there’s you!

    • diogenes

      That is true – and only a minority could have won the democratic convention since it was between a woman [hello, a minority] and a black man.All this crap about racism – black men had the right to vote in the USA FIFTY FREAKIN Years before women got the right to vote – and when women got the right, it wasn’t divided by color.

      If were going to play lame games about hypothetical outcomes of hypothetical situations…

      If Nicole Simpson-Brown had been charged with murdering OJ Simpson, she’d probaly be in prison.

      Casey Anthony would probably have to had killed a man to have been found guilty with the lack of evidence presented.

  • Mishael

    This problem is had the factor of race been involved, Casey Anthony would never have received the top notch legal team nor assigned the resources to successfully fight the charges. This case did not have the merits to prove premeditated murder, but if the race of the mother had been different and the legal team less resourceful the result would no doubt have been different.

  • Anonymous

    In this end, we can only presume. The criminal system actually wanted this girl bad. I don’t know if color would have made a difference, except for the fact that Black folk generally do not have the money to hire good attornies who will fight our cases with the vigor that her team fought for her. I was wrongly accused of a crime and was being prosecuted. The prosecutor really, really wanted me bad as well. Eventually after years of struggling to pull together money, I was able to fire my lousy attorney (who although paid) did just about everything to ensure my incarceration instead of fighting for me. It appeared that I was destined for jail. In the eleventh hour I was able to hire a decent attorney and the entire situation turned around. I was set free and the prosecutor was livid. When reporting on the case I remember one person who was interviewed, a White woman, who said that she was angry because I received White people treatment. Then black folk on the street who recognized me from the media coverage would tell me the same. Except the Black folk would say it whimiscally, as if I was some kind of folk hero. The criminal justice system is more biased toward us (Black folk), it is certainly true. It is much more biased, however, against people who do not have money. In fact having no money to purchase the services of good attornies can almost guarantee that you will be locked up, despite your race. Remember OJ? He was black, but had the money to hire good attornies. The same situation with R. Kelley. This lady fought and won, despite what people say about her. The jury weighed evidence that the public will never see. Let her go in peace. By  the way, is this the only way that we can discuss her case? I mean by comparing ourselves to her? That is really a sad statement about our community if so. Peace.

  • Anonymous

    In this end, we can only presume. The criminal system actually wanted this girl bad. I don’t know if color would have made a difference, except for the fact that Black folk generally do not have the money to hire good attornies who will fight our cases with the vigor that her team fought for her. I was wrongly accused of a crime and was being prosecuted. The prosecutor really, really wanted me bad as well. Eventually after years of struggling to pull together money, I was able to fire my lousy attorney (who although paid) did just about everything to ensure my incarceration instead of fighting for me. It appeared that I was destined for jail. In the eleventh hour I was able to hire a decent attorney and the entire situation turned around. I was set free and the prosecutor was livid. When reporting on the case I remember one person who was interviewed, a White woman, who said that she was angry because I received White people treatment. Then black folk on the street who recognized me from the media coverage would tell me the same. Except the Black folk would say it whimiscally, as if I was some kind of folk hero. The criminal justice system is more biased toward us (Black folk), it is certainly true. It is much more biased, however, against people who do not have money. In fact having no money to purchase the services of good attornies can almost guarantee that you will be locked up, despite your race. Remember OJ? He was black, but had the money to hire good attornies. The same situation with R. Kelley. This lady fought and won, despite what people say about her. The jury weighed evidence that the public will never see. Let her go in peace. By  the way, is this the only way that we can discuss her case? I mean by comparing ourselves to her? That is really a sad statement about our community if so. Peace.

  • Anonymous

    Whites were appaulled by the OJ and Casey verdict.  80% of blacks agreed with the OJ verdict and about  2% agree with the Casey verdict.  There was more evidence against OJ.  Yes, it shows us blacks are far more racist than whites.

  • Anonymous

    Whites were appaulled by the OJ and Casey verdict.  80% of blacks agreed with the OJ verdict and about  2% agree with the Casey verdict.  There was more evidence against OJ.  Yes, it shows us blacks are far more racist than whites.

    • CW

      Where did you acquire your flawed statistics? You are so wrong.  Since you’re such a racist, why the hell are you posting on BLACK World??  Don’t give me this crap that black folks get off with murder more than whites.  That simply isn’t true and you know it.

      Question.  Why do white police officers shoot unarmed people (including kids) more than black police officers?  Am I to state that black police officers are better trained and less likely to murder unarmed citizens?

      I get tired of complete ignorance and plain stupidity and YOU are an example of both!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Blacks who agreed with the OJ verdict have no business getting indignant over this one.  Amazing that blacks can take a situation that has nothing to do with black people and make themselves the victim

    • SapphiresMomma

      missx,

      Your words are so true!

      I do not know why we are even discussing the percentage of what blacks thought  about this case in the first place!

      Some murderers get away with it!  Case in point, O.J. Simpson!

      If they did not prove their case, they walk!

      Also, there were some blacks on the Anthony jury!

    • CW

      Missx you are ignorant for believing the media hype.  What about all those cases where white people have gotten off for killing african americans?  Why are you on this post exactly?  By the way, many blacks believe that OJ Simpson was guilty – period!  How often do whites get away with murder, theft and drugs?  Give me a break.  I am pissed that this woman’s case has become a racial issue – how the hell did that happen?  Bill Mahr, Boyce and now you!

  • Anonymous

    If 7 white males stomped an elderly man to death an elderly black man and got 3 weeks to 24 months in jail Boyce would have written 20 articles on it.  It happened the other way around in Seattle so Boyce ignores it.  Sounds like Boyce has a race problem, so do all the black folks who whine about double standards in the justice system but didn’t protest this.

    • Nickcity54

      so what?!? crimes agaisnt blacks always go un or under reported….and it has been like that -4- hundreds of years….in fact in my lifetime…it really did not matter…especially down south….whether it was man ,woman,  young , old, if you went missing…..were beaten down or murdered….it was in fact celebrated …and  noted as a badge of honor……so we do not care what your feelings are about  whatever ….peck!!

    • Nickcity54

      so what?!? crimes agaisnt blacks always go un or under reported….and it has been like that -4- hundreds of years….in fact in my lifetime…it really did not matter…especially down south….whether it was man ,woman,  young , old, if you went missing…..were beaten down or murdered….it was in fact celebrated …and  noted as a badge of honor……so we do not care what your feelings are about  whatever ….peck!!

  • Cookie1

    On the day the verdict was to be announced, I stated don’t be surprised if Casey gets off scott free because she is a white woman.  If that had been a black or Mexican woman accused of murdering her child, there would have never been a trial at all.  Not only did she get off with a innocent verdict, she will now make money off the death if that beautiful baby.  

    And let’s not forget, unless Florida has a clause preventing it, Casey could sue the state of Florida for being locked up for 3 years,,,and  then found innocent for something she says she did not do. 

    There is a lot of money to be made by this woman, who has yet to show and tell what actually happen to her little girl.

    • diogenes

      She was sentenced to 4 years on the lying charges. The only way she could sue the state would be if she wins her appeal on those charges.

      And it is ‘playing with statistics’ to claim that 86% of blacks think black skin would have earned a guilty verdict. 86% of blacks WHO WERE SURVERYED by this publication think black skin = guilty verdict. No where does it even detail how many people were surveyed, or whether all survery were black or whether all surveyed were part of their readership. These facts definately skew any result – and any result is meaningless without comparing it to how many people disagree with the verdict, without consideration for race.

      Clearly, black skin does NOT always result in a guilty verdict. We have proof of that simple fact. To argue about a fictional outcome of a fictional situation is absurd, much less when we have evidence to the contrary. OJ.

      Looks to me like green is the ‘right’ color – the color of money.

  • robryan1720

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  • diogenes

    If the jurors on Casey Anthony’s case had been her ‘true’ peers she’d have probably been found guilty…   lucky for her the jurors on her case were successful educated people smart enough to understand the judge’s instructions.

    The first juror who spoke out was a 46 year old black man employed in information technology – he stated they wanted to convict but had to FOLLOW THE LAW and the evidence did not support a conviction.Are you people suggesting that had Casey been black, THIS JUROR would have found her guilty? It takes 12. Incidently, in Orlando Florida, where all this occurred, white people are a minority. I don’t think this case recieved publicity because she is a white person, unless you are saying that the majority of people in Orlando [that being people of color] decided to target Casey because she is white. Of course it would be racist to target her because she is white.

    Why so often do my brothers and sisters of color take an anti-white stance and not realize that they are being racist?Pulling the race card will NEVER get you into a position of ‘being’ the ‘right’ color – GREEN!In a poll of co-workers not a single person in a huge organization thought color wold have made a difference – and what to the takers of this survey have in common? Wealth, Education and exposure to diverse cultures by working for a multi-national company.

  • diogenes

    It’s pretty funny that we have this very unscientific poll to argue about…  
    I think that saying 86% of those surveyed by YOUR BLACK WORLD say Casey would have been convicted is she was black is a lot like CHRISTIANITY TODAY saying 86% of their readership think Christianity is the way to go, or that 86% of those who read LESBIANS ARE US think women are more appealing.

    But I don’t know if it is funny or sad that this entire ‘poll’ is based on the idea that a guilty person was found not guilty.

    If someone witnessed the events surrounding the murder of Caylee Anthony, or someone has evidence regarding the same, please come forward.

    If you didn’t witness anything, and you have no evidence, but are convinced that you know who is responsible, I feel sorry for you.

    The fact that SO MANY americans are so SURE of something they did not witness and do not have evidence of, and are willing to pass judgement on people and situations they know NOTHING ABOUT – except through your idiot boxes [media] is a very sad reflection of how judgemental and stupid americans really are.I don’t give a rats behind about Casey Anthony, but I sort of hope some evidence will come to light that shows someone else did it, just so 86% of Americans will know they are COMPLETELY CONTROLLED by the garbage the media blasts at us.

    I think what this poll shows is that 14% of the readership has the ability to think for themselves, in spite of being bombarded by garbage all day long.

  • Nickcity54

    if you beleive in Americas justice system…then you simply  have to go with the verdict….and you must also remember Mr. Anthony,s so called girlfreind… stated that he told her that  it was  a “accident”…and we must remember there was no direct evidence..tying her to  this crime……despite her gratuitous lies….besides  do they ever convict  a young “middle class” white woman especially if she is attractive..like they say….of  a crime that carries the death penalty…..in America?!?

  • Snydg6393

    bullsh!t!!!!!!!!! typical black people in america!!! Turn the murder of a poor child into a race issue!!!!!! I’m so sick if black people creating racism where there shouldn’t be ANY!!!!!! It must be nice to have a skin tone to blame whenever you f@ck up in life! ( hey you did drugs! it’s cuz I’m black)  ( Hey you commited a crime Its cuz I’m black) Thats so messed up. Blame yourself for your poor judgement. I blame myself for the poor decisions I made in life. NOT on my skin tone!!!!!!!!!! And if you all wanna cry about a white person getting away with murder. Ask yourself about OJ. He got away with it and he is black!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Snydg6393

    bullsh!t!!!!!!!!! typical black people in america!!! Turn the murder of a poor child into a race issue!!!!!! I’m so sick if black people creating racism where there shouldn’t be ANY!!!!!! It must be nice to have a skin tone to blame whenever you f@ck up in life! ( hey you did drugs! it’s cuz I’m black)  ( Hey you commited a crime Its cuz I’m black) Thats so messed up. Blame yourself for your poor judgement. I blame myself for the poor decisions I made in life. NOT on my skin tone!!!!!!!!!! And if you all wanna cry about a white person getting away with murder. Ask yourself about OJ. He got away with it and he is black!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lifesthedash

    Race is american history!!!!! It will always be in our mind. You are ask to Identify your race every time you fill out some official document. If your black and don’t think race plays apart in everything you do then you are part of the agenda to make us forget our history. To make you feel that you have succeeded, to except the bare minimum and think that is ok. We ALL KNOW THAT RACE PLAY A PART IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM. ALSO NAME A CASE OF A BLACK CHILD THAT MADE IT TO THE NATIONAL MEDIA FOR BEING MISSING OR DEAD? Don’t worry I’ll wait

  • Lifesthedash

    Race is american history!!!!! It will always be in our mind. You are ask to Identify your race every time you fill out some official document. If your black and don’t think race plays apart in everything you do then you are part of the agenda to make us forget our history. To make you feel that you have succeeded, to except the bare minimum and think that is ok. We ALL KNOW THAT RACE PLAY A PART IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM. ALSO NAME A CASE OF A BLACK CHILD THAT MADE IT TO THE NATIONAL MEDIA FOR BEING MISSING OR DEAD? Don’t worry I’ll wait