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Judge in Kentucky Admonishes Parents For Allowing Daughter to Develop a Fear of All Black Men

photo-149In a scene that would seem unreal if it were in a movie, a Black judge in Kentucky admonished white parents for instilling fear of Black men in their white daughter.

This all started two years ago, when Jordan and Tammy Gray’s 3-year-old daughter’s viewing of “SpongeBob Square Pants” was interrupted when two men broke into their home and robbed them at gunpoint.

When the sentencing hearing came up last month, Jordan Gray wrote a letter in a victim impact statement that their child was in “constant fear of Black men” because of the incident.

“Whenever we are running errands, if we come across a Black male, she holds me tight and begs me to leave,” Gray wrote. “It has affected her friendships at school and our relationships with African-American friends.”

That was enough to set off presiding judge Olu Stevens, who lambasted the couple in court and on Facebook.

“I am offended,” he said. “I am deeply offended that they would be victimized by an individual and express some kind of fear of all Black men.

“This little girl certainly has been victimized, and she can’t help the way she feels. My exception is more with her parents and their accepting that kind of mentality and fostering those type of stereotypes.”

Stevens sentenced the robber facing him, Gregory Wallace, 27, to five years’ probation and no jail time.

The perceived light penalty has drawn criticism, about which Stevens seems unfazed. In fact, supporters of the parents have called for Stevens to be removed from the bench.

“As for my ‘wrath,’ I had none,” the judge wrote on Facebook. “I leave wrath to the Commonwealth’s Attorney and others disgruntled by the ultimate decision. I did not criticize the child. I cautioned the parents against racial stereotyping. If necessary, I will stand alone. I have no animus toward anyone. I have consistently been here for over five years. I look forward to continuing to see you on this medium and in court.”

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5 thoughts on “Judge in Kentucky Admonishes Parents For Allowing Daughter to Develop a Fear of All Black Men

  1. This judge should be deported back to Somalia where his ideology has been embraced.

  2. While I support Judicial Discretion in some cases this is not one. For this Judge to submit to his personal opinions from the Bench and then grant probation violates the discretion, the appearances of impropriety and canons of the Kentucky Judicial System. I am aware that he has the office until 2023 and probably doesn't care how many cases may be dismissed. Those in Jefferson County Kentucky may consider filing a complaint with the Kentucky Judicial Retirement Removal Board. The Judicial Conduct Commission should review said acts and contempt for victims to express their own opinions not his, they should review and possible assess a private reprimand if his first offense, public reprimand, or a 30 to 90 day suspension from office and removal as last chance. A review by the Kentucky Bar Association may be necessary in my opinion.

  3. Winson Thai says:

    This judge probably wants all whites to die because thanks to him, the little girl is probably thinking all blacks must die. Maybe she is right.

  4. I commend the judge for speaking up. If the parents child was deathly ill and needed an organ donation and the only one available was from a black man.

  5. I commend the judge for speaking up. If the parents child was deathly ill and needed an organ donation and the only one available was from a black man.

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