Black Woman âStood Her Ground,â Faces 20 Years in Prison

Black Woman ‘Stood Her Ground,’ Faces 20 Years in Prison

The same law that protected George Zimmerman may send domestic violence victim Marissa Alexander to jail

Mychal Denzel Smith

by Mychal Denzel Smith, April 20, 2012

Black Woman âStood Her Ground,â Faces 20 Years in Prison

and in the opinion of myself and a growing number of citizens, should be repealed by the 20+ states where it is currently on the books. As we have seen with Trayvon’s death, it has the potential to encourage vigilantism, but even without that it offers a “kill at will” pass that would devolve what is supposed to be a civil society into wild west rules of engagement. And if it can not be applied fairly across the board, it only further complicates what is a terribly regressive law. If a law only serves to exacerbate inequality, it’s not a law worth abiding. 

Mychal Denzel Smith is a writer, social commentator and mental health advocate. Visit his official website or follow him on Twitter

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