When we do something bad, it is because of a host of contextual factors of which we are well aware.
But when someone else does something bad, it is because they ARE bad.
It’s easy for me to think about all the various reasons—besides “I’m violent”—for why I punched that guy.
But it’s hard for me to know what drove you. Easier to assume it just reflects who you ARE. You just… ARE… dangerous.
This why I’m less concerned about diversity among elected DAs, far MORE concerned abt diversity with ASSISTANT DAs.
But their ADAs do, daily. The easier it is for them to understand the lived experience of the defendant, the less likely they are to write him off as “bad.”