September 22, 2009, - 6:28 pm
And this year’s Tawana Brawley/Al Sharpton Hate-Crime Fakers of the Year Award goes to . . . . Well, it’s a tie between Jose Jefferson and James Clay. Both were former sports coaches who were very, um, “creative.”
The first dude, Jefferson, had the nerve to fake the hate-crime after he was the beneficiary of affirmative action employment. Chutzpah.
A former football coach was sentenced Tuesday morning to a year in jail for making racially charged threats to employees at Ameritas, where he worked. . . .
An anonymous letter showed up on Jefferson’s desk at Ameritas, where he was working as a licensed insurance broker. When he tried to find out who sent it, [his] attorney [David Watermeier] said, he was rebuked.
Watermeier said co-workers resented that Jefferson had been hired through a friend and considered him less qualified.
Jefferson now accepts responsibility for writing two anonymous letters in response that anonymously threatened death to all blacks and said one who worked there would be killed on a date in February.
Ameritas gave black employees the option of not coming to work for two days, police said.
In March, police arrested Jefferson and Christina Donald, who has admitted helping Jefferson write the letters. She is awaiting sentencing.
I hate to sound like a liberal in saying that I feel partially sorry for this guy because he has two sons with cerebral palsy. But I do. Still, faking racist death threats is inexcusable. And the way you show co-workers that you deserved your job is by working hard and doing it well, not faking racist death threats so you look like a victim.
If I were the judge, I’d probably have sentenced him to a year of community service to victims of Black-on-White racism and/or crimes. But I note that a White guy in his shoes–faking/making death threats–would have been thrown in the slammer, like he will be.
Far worse, though, is the case of James Clay, who deserves every day of his sentence:
A former high school basketball coach in Ohio has been sentenced to four years in prison for setting fire to his home, which prosecutors said he had done to portray himself as the victim of a hate crime.
Authorities who responded to the fire at James Clay’s house in Troy found a spray-painted racial slur on his car.
The 2007 fire came days after Clay, who is black, was charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
At a sentencing hearing Monday, Judge Robert Lindeman told Clay that the community was the real victim.
The 42-year-old Clay was convicted Sept. 3 of aggravated arson. The four-year prison sentence will be added to a five-year term he is serving for sexual battery.
Two men who cried “wolf.”
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