R111, I’m not R103 and I do know a lot of black people and it is normalized. But black people don’t routinely smash their kids’ heads in or kill them. And if somebody did, they would think that was excessive too.
And the cops, judges and juries that would handle a case of a black mother beating her kid to death would have no sympathy, and pity the child, not the mother. They would assume the mother was a dirtbag and should receive no mercy or consideration. Look at the comments posted after a child abuse death case. People calling for the parents to be put to death every time. Nobody’s laughing.
And Hedda and Joel were privileged, white, Jewish New Yorkers, who were not likely to have been raised in that culture. If you review the case on the facts, and not how it was presented, it looks a little different. Look at it this way:
Two black crackheads have two kids. The house is filthy and the kids are neglected. Someone is molesting the six year old daughter. The man severely beats the daughter and goes out. The mother doesn’t get her help. He comes back with drugs. They do the drugs and ignore the daughter. Next morning when they sober up, the child is dead. The man calls the police after the death. The mother tells the story that “he beats me and I was afraid to call the police.” People who knew or even just saw the daughter, later say she always looked sad or traumatized. People call the cops on them numerous times but they never do anything.
Later, more facts. The children weren’t legally adopted and are off the books. Someone is raping the daughter. Who? The man, or is he pimping her out to johns to pay for their drug habit? Trafficking underage children is a lucrative business and pays enough to buy drugs. The woman wasn’t working at her job, let go because of unexcused absences. People assume the absences have to do with beatings, but they don’t know about her drug habit. She never asks for help. But they can pay their bills.
Is there anything in this case that’s a mitigating factor if that’s a black woman? No. And there’s nothing mitigating if it’s a woman, period. But this case was presented as, poor white woman, she was so scared and didn’t know what to do. Because this was such an unusual circumstance for her. She was just at a loss. Let her go. Poor thing.
If it was a black woman it would be, dirtbag crackhead let her kid die for more crack.
Just the fact that Hedda convinced the DA to go this way tells me she’s a psychopath. They are very convincing and manipulative people, and letting her go isn’t rational. He got manipulated by her pulling the “little downtrodden housewife” act. Who has the composure to put on a big act right after their child is murdered by their partner? She was ruthlessly acting to save herself from the first.
Here’s some questions. Is Hedda a compulsive liar? She a drug addict and they lie constantly. Were they part of a child trafficking ring?
People assumed they were in BDSM relationship. But that was an assumption. What if he was beating her because she was prostituting herself for drugs and not bringing home enough money? Did she really stay up all night with Lisa? Why? She was high on crack. Crackheads are not known for their devoted compassion. Probably she just left her there and went to bed. Joel didn’t call the police for hours. Hedda had plenty of time to come up with a story. Maybe Joel even helped her, knowing he was going to take the fall anyway.
Their neighbors were whitebread people who wouldn’t know a BDSM relationship or a crackhead if you slapped them across the face with one. They were guessing. All they knew was somebody was getting beaten. Not why. And maybe Hedda didn’t call the police on Joel before this because he was her dealer, the house was full of drug paraphernalia, and she knew she’d be in trouble too, as well as she’d be cut off. They could have been doing drugs for years and only noticeably deteriorated after a long time. Why would they tell anyone? It wouldn’t help them.