If This Rich Kid Has ‘Affluenza,’ Then We’ve All Got ‘Negrobetes’

A drunk-driving teenager in Texas kills four and claims that his wealth made him do it. Try a defense like that if you’re black.


I can hear the lawyers now: “This is a clear case of Type 2 Negrobetes, your honor.”

While I don’t want to make light of a serious situation, it is hard not to when a judge makes a joke of a criminal trial. A white kid claiming affluenza gets probation, while a young black kid, if found guilty of the same crime, couldn’t argue that he suffers from a combination of societal and parental neglect and that his situation should afford him the luxury of mischief. He would learn his lesson staring down the barrel of two to 20 years in prison, the normal sentence for a crime of this magnitude.

Read more at Time.com.