Did Pistorius’s race play a subconscious role in the judgment and sentencing? Masipa is a black South African woman who herself has endured prison time under apartheid. But we must not assume that because a person is black that they don’t play into the rules of whiteness even though they may think they don’t.
A study commissioned by the United States Sentencing Commission found that black prisoners’ sentences were 20% longer than those of white prisoners for the same crimes
White judges are more lenient towards whites
Just to warn you, I am about to sound like that guy who says: “Some of my best friends are black, but … ”
I lived for a long time with a white lawyer friend years ago. He told me that judges in South Africa, and white ones in particular, are more lenient when it comes to sentencing white people who have been found guilty of crimes.
He said that the judges may never admit it and would never actually say it out loud, but it does happen.