The Most Disrespected Person in America
“The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.”. Then there is white privilege and the abuse of power.
Routinely we see headlines of police brutality of black men. We are reminded just how racism is still rampant in America. Very little consideration is made to the black woman. She, like most women, suffers in silences.
My name is Karrie Gibson. I have been in a 25-year marriage with a Caucasian man, who was raised in a wealthy family. I am a black woman who was raised by a single mother. As a black woman, I’ve experienced many obstacles, but this one has been the most detrimental to my spirit and psyche.
Being married to a white man, one might think that I am sheltered by the racism in America. This isn’t the case. Being married to a Caucasian man from a wealthy family only highlight to me how racism is alive and well. I’ve seen my white husband get away with that would have put a black person under the jail. I’ve seen my preppy white husband ride through a police officer sobriety check obviously drunk. The police take a glance and usher him through. He was once arrested for possession of meth. He was in the car with a Caucasian friend and a Mexican friend. They kept him over the weekend, the charges were dropped on he and our white friend. The Mexican friend took the charge. He’s been stopped by police for a traffic violation, once they saw him, they gave him a fix it ticket.
I am sharing my story, because again I am confronted with another racist situation. My husband filed for divorce in September 2017, in the Los Angeles, Pomona Court. Our family home is in the Hacienda Heights area. My husband lives in Highland park, he filed for divorce in Pomona so he can have the advantage of being white and I being a black woman. My husband is a Chief Operations Officer of a prominent non-profit organization. He was previously the mental health director and also case manager. He has worked in Los Angeles County court system for over 20 years, so he is familiar with the court.
Our case is being heard by Judge Sarah J Heidel. This judge is clearly racist to black women. She has been bullied me and talked down to me since the very first time I went before her January 2, 2019. When I am in court, I am haunted with the thoughts of the Jim Crow era. A quick history about Jim Crow.
Jim Crow Law came to mean any state law passed in the South that established different rules for blacks and whites. Jim Crow Laws were based on the theory of white supremacy and were a reaction to Reconstruction. Judge Sarah Heidel has ruled and behaved in away like as a black woman I am not afforded the same rights as a white woman. It is magnified because I am married to a white male who has enjoyed privileged.
I should be protected by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The fourteenth Amendment to United States Constitution adopted in 1898. The Equal Protection Clause located at the end of Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment The Equal Protection Clause is located at the end of Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
I am not having equal protection of the law in my divorce. My husband is benefiting from his white privilege, I am being discriminated against because I am a black woman. This woman, Judge Sarah Heidel is abusing her power. I recently watched “When They see Us” it reminded me how black people have been railroaded in the United States since our ancestors arrived.
If you’ve watched the movie, and are familiar with the injustice to these Five black men, you may have asked how did this happen? It happened because white privileged governmental employees were brazened and bold. This judge freely shows her biased against me in open court the same way the white law official brazenly railroad the Central Park 5. The most damaging effects are that the white clerk, the white court reporter and the bailiff sees this occurring. While it’s occurring, I see their remorse in their eyes. They all know what she is doing, why she is doing it, but it breeds racism. When these people find themselves in opposition to a person of color. I believe they will unconsciously believe discriminating or violating a black person is acceptable. The evidence I am providing will show that this woman, Judge Sarah J. Heidel has abused her power as a Family Court Judge. That she is blatant in her racist tactics.