"What in the world are you doing with your lives?"
Judge Marvin Arrington insists he's not a racist; despite ordering white lawyers out of his courtroom on Thursday.While the question was a good one he did not need to shield them from white lawyers who have probably thought the same thing from time to time. The fact is that the lives they are ruining are not just their own but the victims of their crimes 90 percent of whom are probably black too. That is one of the things that has bothered me about the soft on crime attitude of people like Obama's minister who have more sympathy for the criminal than the victims. It is as if black victims don't count to them.
The Fulton County Superior Court judge said he was just fed up seeing a parade of young black defendants in his courtroom.
"I came out and saw the defendants, about 99.9 percent Afro-Americans, and some point time I excused some of the lawyers, most of them white, and said to the young people in here 'What in the world are you doing with your lives,'" he told WSB-TV Channel 2 reporter JaQuitta Williams.
Arrington said he thought his message might have more power if it was delivered to a blacks-only audience.
"I didn't think about racism or reverse racism, I practiced law for 30 years and 75 percent of my partners were white," he explained.