Compare Barry Bonds To Bill Clinton, Not Jack Johnson
Barry Bonds, the baseball home run record holder, is currently awaiting a verdict in his perjury trial. The perjury trial stems from investigations into his use of illegal steroids. William Rhoden makes a good point:
The prosecution, regardless of the verdict, was a colossal misuse of time and money aimed, it seems, at making an example of a larger-than-life figure…
But Rhoden buries it in a column about how Bonds has been targeted for his race.
But the eight-year pursuit of Bonds also reflects America’s discomfort with prominent, powerful, wealthy black men.
Rhoden compares Bonds’ prosecution to that of heavyweight champion Jack Johnson a century ago. I’m sorry, but Johnson spent his entire career dealing with racial epithets and threats. Bonds spent his entire career in a vastly different world. Racism exists, but using Bonds as an example of it hurts all those who have to deal with it on a daily basis.
What the Bonds case does illustrate is what can happen when prosecutors make up their minds to go after someone. If you want to compare Bonds to someone, compare him to President Clinton and the impeachment proceedings. Prosecutors have tremendous power to ruin lives. Of course, even here, Bonds isn’t the best example; this guy might be.Click here for reuse options!
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