Washington – The Washington Post has taken to social media after its editorial board was complicit in controversial changes to DC’s crime code.
Katie Barlow, FOX 5’s chief legal reporter, said that if the Washington Post’s editorial board overturns the mayor’s veto, which is being voted on Tuesday, DC’s new crime bill will be passed on to the city. “more dangerous”.
Many agree with the Board’s view following recent crimes in the district. However, some people on social media point out that the authors on the editorial board all appear to be white.
According to recent census data, DC’s black population is 45.8%. Blacks also make up more than 90% of the city’s incarcerated population, according to the Department of Corrections.
The Post’s editorial board acknowledges the allegation that African Americans are disproportionately convicted of violent crimes, but claims that African Americans are also disproportionately victims of the same crimes. are doing.
Patrice Sulton of the DC Justice Lab, who served on the Criminal Law Reform Commission, agrees with Post’s critics that when the media talks about criminal justice reform, it needs to include more diverse voices, but it’s also racially charged. It is wrong, she says, to frame the new law as a matter of justice. how to think about it.
“I think the debate about how this will affect black people who are incarcerated and how it will affect black people who are victims of crime is exaggerated, which is why the number of residents who have been polled about this. The majority really wanted to see this happen,” Sulton said.
Fifth Ward Council member Zachary Parker saw the crime bill as a matter of racial justice, tweeting on Monday that it would make the code fairer by overriding the mayor’s veto and avoid incarceration. also voted to prioritize rehabilitation.
We reached out to the post for comment and have yet to receive a response.The DC Council plans to vote during the legislative session beginning at noon Tuesday.