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Thread #51762   Message #790509
Posted By: Big Mick
24-Sep-02 - 04:17 PM
Thread Name: BS: Traveller Discrimination in the USA
Subject: RE: BS: Traveller Discrimination in the USA
she is being prociscuted for the crime of being an Irish Traveller in the United States

That is from your opening post, Larry. It is wrong. She is being prosecuted for strapping the child in a seat, and then slapping and shaking the child in a very dangerous way. The contention that she should be given to the Traveller community also misses the point, and IMHO, is an attempt at obfuscation. You are attempting to turn this into a discrimination case. It is not. It is about abuse, pure and simple. I would prefer that the authorities determine that they are not releasing the child into a dangerous situation. I would prefer that the system go its normal route, with testimony from Grandparents, or other interested relatives, or members of the community, whereby they demonstrate to advocates on behalf of the child, why they are the best qualified. Perhaps the family is the best suited, but maybe not. Let it work.

I say again, this isn't a case of us versus them. It is about a defenseless child. It is NOT about whose Mother beat who, and did we survive it OK. It is about THIS Mother getting caught, and once that occurred the system must take over in the interest of the child. That is what a thinking, progressive society does.