In a shocking display of White privilege, Georgia couple Jose Torres and Kayla Norton were sentenced to only 13 years and 6 years, respectively, for three counts of aggravated assault, one count of making terroristic threats and one count of violating Georgia’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.
Like me, you are probably wondering why the judge went so easy on them. Although Capital punishment is legal in Georgia, it appears Superior Court Judge William McClain (a fucking White male!!) decided to let these deplorables off with what amounts to a slap on the wrist.
For those of you who think Jose Torres doesn’t sound like a White supremacist name, let me remind you that Spanish is a European language and Spaniards are White. Just take a look at these two. The color of their skin says it all. Guilty!
According to mainstream media reports, the couple was riding in a truck that was part of a convoy of redneck 4X4s flying the Confederate battle flag, part of a group called “Respect the Flag” parading their hate and racism around Douglas County, a suburban Atlanta community. According to the District Attorney, “the convoy of trucks passed by the victim’s residence where the victims were grilling hot dogs and hamburgers while hosting a child’s birthday party featuring a bouncy castle, snow-cone machines, and a DJ.”
The hillbillies in the trucks yelled racist profanity as they passed, then parked the trucks near the house. Motivated by ignorant racist hatred, a group of rednecks including Señor Torres began yelling death threats and racial slurs. The victims testified that Torres grabbed a shotgun from the truck and pointed it at them. He and Norton made death threats, including the ominous warning “the little ones can get one too.” The victims also testified that another member of the group had a knife and a tire tool.
If you think that is bad, just wait. It gets worse (trigger warning: more White privilege).
The police were called, but when they arrived, they failed to arrest the racist Whites, and instead simply let them continue their parade of hate across of Douglas County!
But wait, these two were convicted on charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threatening and violation of Georgia’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act. Why would the police just let them go?
Apparently, the police believed the bullshit explanation provided by Torres and the other Klan members. Their version of events goes like this: One of the trucks had got a flat tire, and they pulled over to change it right in front of the house where the birthday party was taking place when the altercation occurred. Bad luck? Nope, not according to Torres, who claims that the reason the tire went flat in the first place was because, as they were driving by the house, someone at the party threw a rock or other object at the truck caravan. One of the trucks swerved to avoid the projectile and ran into the curb, damaging a tire. As the tire was being changed, a shouting match ensued, during which Torres testified he carried the shotgun because he feared for his friends’ safety.
Now, given all we know about Black people, and all we know about White people, which is more likely? That a bunch of Black people would have instigated a fight due to a visceral and violent reaction to rednecks in battle flag-adorned pickup trucks? Or that White people would lash out unprovoked with racism and death threats aimed at a child’s birthday party? While you mull that over, let me remind you that it is impossible for Black people to be racist toward Whites. As we all know, racism = privilege + power. Only Whites have privilege and power.
Fortunately, there is video evidence so we don’t have to speculate too much. By which I mean, the videos only show the aftermath of the altercation, and not the shotgun waving terroristic death threats themselves. It must have been a truly frightening experience, I can only imagine how scared those poor Black victims must have been in the face of these evil White oppressors. In fact, it appears to have been so frightening, the Black victims were too scared to even tell the police about it, which may be why no arrests were made.
But if the victims did not tell the police about the criminal behavior, and the police themselves determined that no laws had been broken, how was it that charges were eventually filed against Torres and Norton?
Enter the heroes of this story, the Southern Poverty Law Center. Like a kosher knight on a white horse, the (((SPLC))) galloped into town and informed the Black family that they were, in fact, victims of multiple crimes. The (((SPLC))) prepared and presented the victims’ testimonies to a grand jury, which handed down an indictment, eventually leading to the trial where these two racists got their much deserved comeuppance.
Although their sentences seem mercifully short, we must remember that not a single shred of evidence was presented that supported the victims’ testimonies nor justified the charges filed by the District Attorney’s office. Nevertheless, the jury, made up of fine citizens from 45% Black Douglas County, found the couple guilty with extreme prejudice. Fortunately, Judge McClain is a liberal and progressive thinker who is fully aware that White gun-toting Confederate flag-waving rednecks constitute the biggest terrorist threat in America today. If only he had given them harsher sentences! This clear cut case of White privilege proves that the world is unfair, unequal and in need of social justice ASAP.
Most importantly, it should be noted that it is not a crime to fly the Confederate battle flag off the back of your truck. And, the state of Georgia has no hate crime laws on the books. Unbelievable, isn’t it? Despite the lack of actual legislation or even legal precedent, Judge McClain based the sentences on his belief that “their actions were motivated by racial hatred.” Of course it was! They are White people, after all.
After handing down incredibly light sentences for these heinous crimes, which included the order that Torres and Norton be permanently banished from Douglas County upon their release from prison, the racist couple couldn’t help but add insult to injury.
In her apology, Kayla Norton didn’t even bother to actually admit her crimes. “I want you all to know that is not me. That is not me. That is not him. I would never walk up to you and say those words. I’m so sorry that happened to you. I am so sorry.” Notice that she didn’t say “I am sorry for what I did to you.” She says she would never do such a thing. And she is sorry “it” happened to them, as if she was not at all part of the altercation.
Jose Torres was so unmoved, he refused to address the court at all during the proceedings. He actually had the audacity to cry when three of his family members took the stand to describe him as a hardworking plumber, volunteer football coach and devoted father of three.
Norton addressed the birthday boy’s mother, stating “from mother to mother, I cannot imagine having to explain what that word means,” apparently in reference to the slew of racial epithets that spoiled the party and must certainly have soured the sweet taste of the snow-cones. The poor child is only eight years old, and growing up in a Black community in the suburbs of the blackest city in America, surely had never heard the word “nigger” before. It’s a term only racist KKK White supremacists use.
Hyesha Bryant, one of the people at the party who testified under oath at the hearing, told Norton, “What you said affected my life. It affected my children’s lives.” Yet in a touching demonstration of the moral superiority Blacks wield over Whites, Bryant ended up telling Norton “I forgive you, I forgive all of you.” But not so much that she was willing to drop the charges. I am sure the (((SPLC))) counseled her carefully on this point.
We can only hope these kind Christian words echo in the ears of the guilty parties during the many long years that await them in prison. To prevent incidents like these from ever happening again, we must check our White privilege and follow the good example of the Black community.
In 2017, we can no longer tolerate hate.