I know that Davontaye’s actions caused the deaths of four people. But please don’t give him life in prison. He suffers from Povertenza. You may not know about this condition but Povertenza is an illness that people from impoverished socio-economic backgrounds have.
Due to the inability to access quality education and employment, Davontaye’s development has been stifled. This leads to poor decision making and I would further argue that since his neighborhood sees so much death and destruction, that he may even suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome in addition to Povertenza.
Judge, it is clear that Davontaye can not be held responsible for his actions. He needs rehabilitation, not prison. Prison would only worsen his mental condition.
This defense obviously doesn’t work for black youth. Yet, news outlets are spiraling about 16 year-old Ethan Couch who caused the deaths of 4 people by drunk driving. His defense, was that he suffered from “Affluenza” a disorder that only the affluent have. According to his lawyers, Couch was shielded from personal responsibility his entire life. Discipline is not a word in his vocabulary…(read more)
That’s what I’m saying. If povertenza can’t be a thing (when there’s actually social research that backs up how poverty can negatively impact socializaion and self-development) then affluenza DEFINITELY shouldn’t be a thing.
But even so a rich black person could have NEVER gotten away with what Couch did. So it’s about class AND race.
Troy showing me an occupational therapy exercise he does daily. #ot #latergram (at Royal Care Skilled Nursing Center)
Troy listening to the #NationalAnthem at the start of the #NASCAR race. (at Royal Care Skilled Nursing Center)
#RedLightning my #trustysteed rides #LAMetro to the #LBC! Lookin’ good! (Except the rust, scratbes and ghetto handlebar tape job… 😐) #bike #bikela #bikeporn #bikeluv (at Compton Metro Station)
#RedLightning got me safely to the #LAMetro station in no time! Not to mention I got a little exercise. The air quality here leaves something to be desired, but that’s not surprising. #bike #LA!! (at Del Amo Metro Station)
A #TherapyDog came to visit Troy today! #dogsofinstagram #golden #dog (at Royal Care Skilled Nursing Center)