I am shocked. Shocked at the reaction to the verdict, that Amanda Knox has been found guilty of murdering Meredith Kercher.
Trailing through the comments on various news sites, one gets the impression Miss Knox is almost certainly innocent, and on top of that, a sinless maiden who only seeks to bring sweetness and light into the world. Very little has been mentioned about the third man, Rudy Guede. Guede, was a typical no-hoper in this. Guede started out with nothing and still had most of it left, when they finally caught him, after he fled Italy. He is black, his brief life to date (he is 21) consists of petty crime, incredible good luck (he was adopted by a multi-millionaire who gave him a room, a job and a chance to get on his feet, which he sabotaged) and has been abandoned by just about everybody in his short life.
Don't get me wrong. I don't feel at all sorry for him. But see the difference? Look at "Foxy Knoxy". She's a classy, all American White Girl. I feel the most damning, and irrefutable piece of evidence against her is that Knox tried to implicate an entirely innocent man in the murder - Patrick Lumumba, another black, and of course, guilty due to skin colour.
What is it about the Western European mentality that they cannot see evil in a pretty white face? The comments being bandied about in the immediate aftermath of the trial betray an undercurrent of sexism and racism. Its the same blindness that has enshrined the right of a woman to falsely cry "rape", remain anonymous and ruin the life of an innocent man. Our reactions in these cases still appear to be visceral, not intellectual. It is as if we still hold to the Victorian belief in Phrenology.
The face of an angel?