Brian Banks Speaks Out On The White Privilege Of Brock Turner
Brian Banks was a star athlete who was accused of brutally raping a woman 13 years ago. The footballer served five years in prison and another five years on probation as a result of the original verdict, and was only released in 2012 when Banks taped her admitting that the accusation was false.
Banks opened up about the white privilege behind another rape case making headlines around the country according to NY Daily News:
Brian Banks, a promising high school football player who had committed to play at Southern Cal, was an innocent man accused of rape. He remembers sitting at the defendant’s table 13 years ago and not one person in the courtroom would look at him or talk to him or acknowledge him.
“It was like I was not even in the room,” he said Monday. “I felt like I wasn’t a human being. I was a number.”
He naturally has been paying close attention to the rape case of Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, 20, who was convicted on three felony counts related to a 2015 sexual assault on an unconscious and intoxicated woman, who is now 23. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner on Friday to just six months in county jail — he could get it reduced to three months with good behavior.
Banks, who works in the NFL’s Los Angeles office, was 16 years old when he was accused of rape and tried as an adult. He was sent to juvenile hall for a year before his case came up. He faced 41 years to life in prison and first turned down plea deals for 25, 18 and nine years. Why? He didn’t do it. He finally agreed to undergo 90 days of observation in Chico State Prison with assurances from his attorney that he would then get probation. It was a better option, he was told, than a young black kid facing an all-white jury.
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