Only in (the New Non-White) America
by David Sims
IN WASHINGTON, DC, a male Black convicted of first-degree murder has won elected office.
In 1995, he ambushed and killed his victim in DC’s Anacostia neighborhood. He ran against four other inmates of his prison, so one of them was bound to win.
Joel Castón, age 44, was convicted of killing an 18-year-old in a parking lot. He’s been locked up for the past 26 years, but will be released to serve as a commissioner for the District of Columbia within a few months.
Maryland and the District of Columbia recently passed laws allowing convicted felons to vote.
The Web site Law Officer reports:
Washington D.C. – An inmate at the D.C. Jail has been elected to a seat on the Ward 7 Advisory Neighborhood Commission. The position had been vacant for a decade according to the Washington Times. Joel Caston, 44, beat four other inmates in the unprecedented election on Tuesday. He has been incarcerated for more than 25 years after being convicted of first-degree murder when he was 18.
Caston ran against four other fellow inmates. The election was pushed by the local prisoners’ rights group Neighbors for Justice.
Neighborhood commissioners serve two-year terms and represent more than 200 neighborhoods spread across 40 districts in the city.
Commissioners are not paid and they hold monthly meetings with residents to help resolve problems in their neighborhoods.
One observer commented, “Outright mockery of our culture and civilization. I freely admit that a certain ethnic class can run faster and jump higher. Same group severely lacks common sense and intellectual capacity. Of course there are exceptions, as always with any group, but on the whole….”
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