Backwards Justice

So, you remember the black man who was assaulted at a Donald Trump rally in March.
His name is Rakeem Jones and he was punched by a white man in North Carolina for holding his head up in a raging sea of white.
John McGraw—facing sentencing—apologized to the black man in court on Wednesday.
What else could he do?
So the black man forgave the white man.
The cameras were watching them.
The court was watching them.
Between them, the two men figured somehow that the black man was obliged to help fix what was done to him.
“We have to heal America,” the white man said to the judge.
John McGraw received a 30-day suspended sentence Wednesday, with a year of unsupervised probation, and had to pay a $230 fine.
Justice was done.
Rakeem recalled a friend facing five years for a similar crime because the system decided he didn’t deserve mercy, so his case was over.
Rakeem was glad, though, to face John McGraw in person.
So, Rakeem Jones shook hands in court on Wednesday with the white man who assaulted him at a Donald Trump rally in March.

Heartwarming, right? Well, we tried putting all the same, exact sentences of that story in reverse order to see whether it offered a different perspective…

So, Rakeem Jones shook hands in court on Wednesday with the white man who assaulted him at a Donald Trump rally in March.
Rakeem was glad, though, to face John McGraw in person.
Rakeem recalled a friend facing five years for a similar crime because the system decided he didn’t deserve mercy, so his case was over.
Justice was done.
John McGraw received a 30-day suspended sentence Wednesday, with a year of unsupervised probation, and had to pay a $230 fine.
“We have to heal America,” the white man said to the judge.
Between them, the two men figured somehow that the black man was obliged to help fix what was done to him.
The court was watching them.
The cameras were watching them.
So the black man forgave the white man.
What else could he do?
John McGraw—facing sentencing—apologized to the black man in court on Wednesday.
His name is Rakeem Jones and he was punched by a white man in North Carolina for holding his head up in a raging sea of white.
So, you remember the black man who was assaulted at a Donald Trump rally in March.