Racism & the Case Against
Many people have written to me about the role of racism in
this case. Most of them are African Americans who have seen the
ugly hand of racism at work in our society. They know what it's
like to be watched and challenged and suspected when they're
doing nothing wrong. They find it easy to believe that a black
man could be unjustly accused of murder and thrown into jail
for the rest of his life. They find it uplifting to see a black
man beat a hostile justice system. And they find it upsetting
that the facts in this web site are contrary to what they had
been led to believe about Rubin Carter.
After viewing these pages, some people -- black and white
-- have assumed that I am a racist pig, and they have told me
so in angry, hateful messages.
They are wrong.
I think racism is one of the worst aspects of American society.
It is evil, destructive and the product of small, hateful minds.
There is no doubt that, because of racism, many black people
have been falsely accused, convicted and sent to prison --
even executed -- for crimes they did not commit. If I thought
Rubin Carter's conviction was the result of a conspiracy by fat,
white, racist cops, you wouldn't be seeing these web pages. It's
more likely I would be standing by Carter's side, speaking in
his defense and calling for the prosecution and imprisonment
of the people responsible.
But I believe he is guilty, and I am not going to be dissuaded
from saying so because people who don't know me find it easier
to call me a racist than to consider the weight of the evidence.
In all the work I've done on this case, I've seen nothing credible
to support the argument that Carter was framed by racist police
and prosecutors. Nothing.
Carter, on the other hand, seems to be
playing the race card in an attempt to discredit prosecutors,
the press and anyone else who dares to say he is guilty. If people
react with racist-hating emotion, they'll think the evidence
is tainted and disregard it. That's the idea.
That's why I urge you to look at the evidence through colorblind
eyes. Instead of assuming the worst about the police and prosecutors,
assume that they did their jobs fairly and honestly because they
were determined to get the people who committed this horrible
Then perhaps you'll see why I believe Rubin Carter is guilty.
-- Cal Deal
Points to Consider
1. Rubin Carter and John Artis were convicted in 1976 by a
jury that included two blacks.
2. Artis said "there was an atmosphere of racism on both
sides in 1967, but he doesn't feel that atmosphere now,"
according to WABC-TV reporter Bob Miller. "The attitudes
at that time  were quite different," Artis said, adding
that "the judge seems to be pretty straight in his judgments."
Artis made those comments as he was awaiting the jury's verdict
on Dec. 21, 1976.
3. The prosecutor in charge of the second trial, Burrell Ives
Humphreys, was a member of the NAACP and a civil rights activist.
- RACIAL REVENGE LETTER: After
the second trial, Prosecutor Humphreys writes to the Governor
about racial revenge, fairness and truth. View
4. A racist conspiracy would have required the cooperation
and participation of scores if not hundreds of people -- a conspiracy
so huge that it would have been impossible to keep secret. As
Jack Newfield wrote in The New York Post, "If Carter and
Artis were innocent, then they were railroaded by the entire
Paterson, N.J. criminal justice system, not just one cop with
5. The racist cop in the movie is a ficticious character.
The real "Lt. Vince" was Lt. Vince DeSimone, who was
not a racist. As he said on the night of Carter's second conviction:
"I couldn't live with myself if I knew I was responsible
for a man spending one night in jail for a crime he didn't commit."
6. Carter's accusers have included blacks. Some of Carter's
black alibi witnesses said he urged them to lie at his 1967 trial,
and one of his top black supporters accused Carter of beating
her in 1976.
7. A black legislator -- working with a black investigator
-- examined the case for N.J. Governor Byrne. The legislator
concluded that racial revenge was the only plausible explanation
for the killings -- and he placed Carter and Artis at the murder
scene as accomplices.
8. A racist conspiracy against Carter would have meant letting
the real killers go free -- and that was unthinkable, according
to James Lawless, the first cop to enter the murder scene. He
told The Miami Herald:
"My biggest problem is that the movie would have you
believe that it was a racially motivated arrest. ... We were
sure we had the right people. ... [The victims] were our neighbors,
our friends. Only an idiot would think we could see what we saw
that night and then try to convict an innocent man."