ProPublica and The Washington Post came out with a story showing that during the Bush Administration a white inmate was 400 times more likely to be pardoned than an inmate who was a minority. Why is there such a disparity? Why is a white inmate more likely to be pardoned than say an Asian or Latino inmate? And why should this not be considered as racism?
In my opinion George Bush isn’t by any means a racist or a bigot, I believe this to be so true I’ll even say it’s a fact. When Bush looked over the applications he did not know the race of the applicants. Now there’s the names that are an obvious give away like Ho, which is obviously an Asian,or Gutierrez, which is obviously a Latino. As you look at the cases that ProPublica presented you have to wonder, Why? In the 1,918 pardon cases he went over he pardoned 189 prisoners. Of those 189 prisoners pardoned 13 weren’t white.
ProPublica studied cases where white and black inmates had similar offenses that had different outcomes. This is what they came up with “An African American woman from Little Rock, fined $3,000 for underreporting her income in 1989, was denied a pardon; a white woman from the same city who faked multiple tax returns to collect more than $25,000 in refunds got one. A black, first-time drug offender — a Vietnam veteran who got probation in South Carolina for possessing 1.1 grams of crack – was turned down. A white, fourth-time drug offender who did prison time for selling 1,050 grams of methamphetamine was pardoned.” It’s obvious which crimes are worse and it’s obvious which inmates should have been pardoned but why weren’t the proper inmates pardoned.