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Life in a Shanty Town

October 4 · Issue #134 · View online
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Fans of incarcerated child gangbanger Tay K bring up a good point.
Why should Tay K be in prison for 55 years for a murder he may or may not have committed, when Amber Guyger was only sentenced to 10 years in prison for a murder we know for a fact she committed?
If only they’d thought to bring this up before the sentencing phase of the Guyger murder trial. At the very least, they may have been able to get Guyger the sentence she deserved, i.e. being buried underneath the jail, but maybe they could have gotten Tay K released from prison immediately, at which point he could have continued his promising rap career.
Tay K, you’ll recall, was the wayward black child who committed multiple violent crimes in various parts of Texas and then skipped town before he could stand trial. While on the run from Johnny Law, he wrote a song about how he was a fugitive from justice, which became a major hit a few years ago.
He’s since been captured, convicted and sentenced to 55 years in prison, this despite the fact that he was participating in a home invasion robbery with six other people (as one does), and the prosecutor failed to prove, using an abacus, that he was the one who pulled the trigger. If he were white, he probably would have been given the benefit of the doubt.
Amber Guyger was a cop, also in Texas (natch), who killed a cornball brother of Caribbean descent in his own apartment. She lived in the apartment directly below his, and she claims she mistakenly entered his apartment thinking it was her own. The victim, Botham “Bofa” Jean, was sitting on the couch, watching TV and eating a bowl of ice cream.
Admittedly, I’d be disturbed if I walked into what I thought was my own house and found someone sitting on the couch, eating a bowl of ice cream—especially if I knew that I had some ice cream in the freezer. It’s bad enough that your home, which is sacred, has been violated, but you’re also losing ice cream. Even if there’s some left, I wouldn’t feel right eating it, knowing that the homeless had gotten into it.
Word on the street is that Botham Jean was hitting that, and this was some sort of domestic incident. The fact that her face was kinda buttery lends credence to this theory. The fact that her body is way better than the average white-chick-who-dates-black-guys is mitigated by her countenance. I could have explained this in court, if I’d been called to testify as an expert witness.
I only caught a few highlights from the trial, via Black People Twitter, including the bailiff brushing Guyger’s (admittedly luxurious) hair, and Jean’s younger brother requesting and being granted permission to give Guyger a hug, ostensibly as a show of forgiveness. But it looked like a real shitshow. Guyger was probably guiltier than a mofo, if she still got 10 years despite being both a cop and a white woman.
We can’t reasonably expect Tay K to know not to participate in a home invasion robbery. At 17 years old, his brain wasn’t fully formed, and I’d be willing to bet that whatever school he attended, if any, wasn’t churning out very many future Supreme Court Justices. Does he even know how to read? Of course he doesn’t know the law!
As a cop, albeit a female cop (LOL), Amber Guyger should have known better than to enter the wrong apartment, let alone shoot someone eating a bowl of ice cream. Cops go into courtrooms on the reg and claim they saw you rolling a stop sign, in St. Louis, where it should be legal anyway. Judges take them seriously because they expect cops to have a certain attention to detail. If only the judge in this case had “kept that same energy.”
If we lived in a just society, Tay K would be out on parole in two weeks, as if he were Paris Hilton, while Amber Guyger would be rotting in prison, eating shit on a shingle, under constant threat of (unpleasant) sexual assault, until she was 72 years old. Alas, we clearly don’t.
Take it easy on yourself,

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