Kiera Wilmot (WTSP)

Writing at BlackAmericaWeb, Gregory Kane argues that black parents of teens should steer clear of Florida, after lawmakers allowed the arrest and expulsion of Kiera Wilmot over a science experiment. The gross miscarriage of justice represents business as usual when it comes to laws and black youth.

Wilmot, according to the story, is an honor roll student, makes straight A's and has no prior disciplinary problems. Too bad she lives in Florida.

In a more reasonable state, school officials would have looked at what Wilmot did, looked at her grades and record of deportment and opted for a course of action other than expulsion, handcuffs, arrest and felony charges as an adult.

No one was hurt in Wilmot's science experiment, and no damage was caused. But Wilmot – who will have to finish school in an alternative "expulsion program" – is black and lives in Florida. That makes all the difference.

Brenton Butler was a black kid – only 15, one year younger than Wilmot – when he was walking his dog on a Sunday morning in Jacksonville, Fla.

Unbeknownst to Butler, a black man had robbed a white tourist couple soon before he walked his dog. The robber killed a white woman.

Cops were told the suspect was a black male. Two cops were talking when one noticed Butler.

"Hey," the one cop said. "There's a black male right there."

Read Gregory Kane's entire blog entry at BlackAmericaWeb.

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