Racist Professor Who Calls Blacks, Hispanics More Violent Than Whites Appointed to Trump’s Sentencing Commission

William Otis will fit right in with Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III.


A former federal prosecutor who once said Blacks and Hispanics are more violent than whites has been tapped to join President Donald Trump’s sentencing commission.

William Otis, a Georgetown professor, writes on a blog called “Crime and Consequences.” He wrote in a 2013 post:

“Thus, when Fifth Circuit Judge Edith Jones said at a University of Pennsylvania Law School talk that blacks and Hispanics are more violent than whites, a consortium of civil rights* organizations filed a complaint. The complaint calls for stern discipline, on the grounds that the remarks were ‘discriminatory and biased.’

“So far as I have been able to discover, it makes no mention of the fact that they’re true.

“* I am old enough to remember that civil rights used to include the First Amendment.”

Otis continued the conversation in the comments section of that same post and says racial disparities “are caused by making choices.”

“Choices are indeed affected by social factors, but by far the main social factor is a stable, disciplined, employed, two-parent family life. The incidence of crime (or, more precisely, of avoiding crime) correlates with this factor more than with anything else — race, religion, income, you name it.”

Studies have found a link between poverty and incarceration, some suggesting even a stronger link than race. And Eric Holder, former U.S. attorney general, acknowledged in an op-ed for the New York Times in 2016 that drug sentences do in fact carry a racial implication:

“There is still a disparity in sentencing for offenses relating to crack and powder cocaine, chemically identical substances. Given the policy’s differential racial impact, which erodes confidence in the justice system, this disparity must go. In the light of recent events, we can’t afford criminal justice policies that reduce the already fragile trust between minority communities and law enforcement agencies.”

As previously reported by DiversityInc, “Most offenders sentenced under the crack provisions are Black and Latino, whereas white offenders make up a much higher portion of those convicted for powder cocaine offenses.”

But this information does not concern Otis, who also brings Asians into the discussion:

“This is the reason that, for example, Orientals have less incidence of crime than whites. Orientals were unquestionably the victims of long and rancid racial bigotry; coolie labor was little more than slave labor. And Yick Wo v. Hopkins is one of the most famous civil rights cases of all time.

“The reason Orientals stay out of jail more than either whites or blacks is that family life, work, education and tradition are honored more in Oriental culture than in others.”

“Coolie” is considered an offensive term referring to an unskilled laborer from the East who is paid low wages.

Otis, like Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, does not support sentencing reform and rejects the idea of “low-level offenders.” In a 2014 blog post he compared a drug user to a child molester:

“Last I looked, when you needle yourself with too much heroin, you’re still dead; when a thug belts you to grab your purse, you still have a knot on your head and no purse; and when Mr. Nicey rapes your eight year-old, you still have a defiled little girl to try to help.”

And in a 2017 interview with NPR he said:

“Low-level offenders seems to me to be an undefined phrase. You don’t know exactly what low level means. Often it’s used to mean a courier in a drug business. What people don’t realize as much as they should is that a courier in the drug business is just as essential as a car is in a pizza delivery business. The business – unless you can deliver your inventory, the business is going to fall apart. And just saying that they’re low level is too general and too undefined to make for good criminal justice policy.”

During former President Barack Obama’s presidency, the Justice Department in 2013 took a “Smart on Crime” approach that saved longer prison sentences for more violent and repeat offenders, favoring shorter sentences for low-level, nonviolent offenders. In 2014, for the first time in three decades, there was a consecutive drop in the federal prison population — which saved taxpayers money.

As noted by the Chicago Tribune, an approach similar to Sessions’ has already been tried and proven unsuccessful:

“Sessions’ directive mirrors the tough-on-drug-crime policies of George W. Bush’s attorney general, John Ashcroft, who in 2003 also pushed federal prosecutors to pursue mandatory minimum cases, no matter the circumstance. With Ashcroft’s policy in place, the federal prison population shot up from 172,000 to 220,000. The policy disproportionately affected minorities: Today, 38 percent of federal inmates are black, and 33 percent are Hispanic.”

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  • Michael J. "Orange Mike" Lowrey

    “Oriental” is not only archaic but also offensive to most Asian-Americans. I’m older than Otis, and I know that.

    • Not only is “oriental” and antiquated term, it also gives the perception that Asian-Americans are this monolithic group consisting of one religion, one background, etc. In one fell swoop, this guy has neatly packaged everyone. What happened to Southeast Asians, South Asians, Laotians, Cambodians, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, etc. All of these groups do not have the same socio-economic backgrounds. It cracks me up when people generalize so many diverse groups, incredible!

      • Jo Ann Lewis

        Remember he is cut from the same cloth as 45 so the antiquated comments are expected. It’s really sad when a people continuously try and downplay the contributions of other ethnicity’s and believe in their own mind that they are the originator and creation of everything in this earth realm. Living in America only the European has the right to denigrate – give them a hearty laugh and roll of the eyes – regardless what position they hold in life there is not one original idea in their miniscule life.

  • “Choices are indeed affected by social factors, but by far the main social factor is a stable, disciplined, employed, two-parent family life. The incidence of crime (or, more precisely, of avoiding crime) correlates with this factor more than with anything else — race, religion, income, you name it.”
    Hmmm, obviously those Columbine shooters were not stable nor disciplined in there upper-middle-class, employed, two-parent home. They managed to build their weapons in the garage and hide them in their bedrooms.

    “The reason Orientals stay out of jail more than either whites or blacks is that family life, work, education and tradition are honored more in Oriental culture than in others.”

    Too ignorant to respect different cultures; it’s Asian culture.

    Talk about the “dumbing” down of America.

  • Shelly Eigen

    ‘Orientals’ are RUGS — ASIANS are PEOPLE.
    The entire premise of a different ‘class’ of criminals is against the Constitution on many levels.
    The WAR on DRUGS didn’t do a thing the FIRST TIME AROUND — other than fill prisons and add $$ to the Penal System and those involved in Prisons for Hire.
    There needs to be a WAR on POVERTY, non-EDUCATION and substandard HUD housing units — across the Nation…
    Until it’s ‘fixed’ from the Bottom Up — we will continue to lose populations of young people to the ills of improper and conflicting terms of incarceration. Those who can afford real lawyers have lighter (or no) sentences. Those who cannot pay are at the mercy of our horrible ‘JUSTICE’ (for none) and court appointed lawyers that just want a ‘guilty’ plea from them to expedite things.

  • Look at the diversity here. oh none. looking below, it is apparent that anyone having a diverse view, get zapped out. Why are we not allowed to see it? Offensive? we want to see it. We are entitled to see other silly views, So toe the party line, or die?

    • I’m not here to entertain bigots and ignoramuses.

      You have a home on Breitbart and Stormfront.

      Having a discussion with a fool is like playing chess with a pigeon. Sooner or later, the pigeon knocks over all the pieces, poops on you and struts around with its chest puffed out, like it won.

      • Well said, the more i read DiversityINC, the more informed i become, and with all those Racist Maggots in the WH now looks like you will be a very busy Man until at least January 2021..

      • Ha, ha. That’s a perfect comparison.

        Some individuals don’t want to acknowledge that the disparity in sentencing, bail, et al, has caused the poor and minorities to be imprisoned disproportionately to their numbers in society. This in turn has led to broken families, unemployment after release and a continuing cycle and pipeline into the prison system. In addition, some individuals like to point to those high numbers when enacting even more discriminatory policies.

        If you don’t acknowledge that there is a problem, then you don’t have to solve it.

  • Methinks the Japanese who were bombed, the Inuits, aborigines, south Africans, black people during slavery, Jim Crow, and in the now while getting shot at traffic stops, all the first nations peoples, New Zealanders, the Carribean islanders, victims of mass shootings, serial killings, bombings would all disagree.

    There thousands of second amendment nuts armed to the teeth, overwhelming white, and thousands of violent white supremists alt righters. Meanwhile, the FBI couldn’t find one black group that’s the equivalent, needing to go back 50 years to name the Black Panthers.

    White people: good Christian, godly, saintly, honest, innocent, hardworking legends in their own mind

    Another idiot appointed to the swamp.
    Let’s see how long he lasts. It’s apparently so toxic even poisonous,, racist, swamp monsters can’t take it.

    It’s the same old tired refrain. White people are getting desperate. The world is changing as it always has. It makes you wonder about them and their psyche. I see the same tired bleatings all over the internet. When I’m in the mood, I stamp out those roaches with facts.

    Master race, my black a….

    Keep lying to yourselves. Everyone else knows the truth – and history.

  • His appointment should come as no surprise to anyone. It’s typical and expected of this administration. The US is and will continue to wallow in the mud as long as these buffoons are in office. Sad look for US.

  • Let’s send Whiny William Whiteness BACK TO EUROPE!
    Maybe Vlad the Vampire can use him in RUSSIA….
    then he can enjoy the Demonic Violence of the KGB.
    They are MORE VIOLENT than any Black or Latino person in the USA.

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