Should Wesley Snipes be Going to Prison?

9 Dec

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

I’ve been sitting on the sidelines during the tax trial of actor Wesley Snipes, primarily because I didn’t quite know what was going on. I wasn’t sure if Snipes was guilty or innocent, since I’ve seen a lot of wealthy folks who’ve lived as if they were above the law. Part of me wants to believe that the justice system works if you’re rich, so I figured that nature would simply take its course.
I took the time to watch Wesley appear on CNN to plead his case to the public. I was honestly skeptical, since I’ve rarely met a man on his way to prison who didn’t try to convince me that he was innocent. In fact, I’ve received countless letters from prison inmates, many of whom want me to believe that they didn’t do it. In most cases, I choose not to judge, but I know the game quite well.


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