On a recent edition of Vox’s “The Weeds” podcast, journalists Matthew Yglesias, Dara Lind, and Sarah Kliff were chatting about how to get tough on those who commit sexual assault.
During the episode, titled, “Can we get tough on rapists without being ‘tough on crime’?” the co-hosts talk about the contradiction between wanting punitive measures for those who perpetrate sexual assault without wanting to increase the scope of what many progressives consider “mass incarceration.”
The discussion turned to Brock Turner, the Stanford swimmer who was convicted on sexual assault charges, and was the subject of much controversy in 2016 after being given a fairly light sentence. Many saw Turner’s light sentence as being indicative of white male privilege in the American justice system.
Sarah Kliff said at one point, “…because the judicial system works in favor of the privileged, why not set mandatory minimums for like, those particular cases?”
“I would love to see a law that said mandatory minimums only for white people. That would be hilarious, it would also be blatantly unconstitutional,” Dara Lind said in reply. (RELATED: Vox Article Paints Kennedys As Victims Of Smear Campaign)
Lind’s comment appears to be a joke, though it isn’t clear why she would consider a law that doles out different prison sentences to people based on race to be “hilarious.”