Man, white women have it made. If one goes missing it’s national news within seconds and if they get busted for dealing drugs they seem to think (probably with good reason) that it’s no big deal. History seems to have proven if you’re an at least semi-affluent white girl caught dealing drugs you’re in for some serious rehab young lady. And maybe even a strong talking to too.
Christine Scafa, 22, of Princeton Junction, NJ, and Mickenzie Dippenworth, 21, of Bel Air, Md., are suspected of supplying students at the school and other patrons from the club scene with cocaine over the past month, according to the sources.
“Oh, my God, are you guys serious!” Dippenworth yelled to photographers as the giggling pair were led from the Seventh Precinct station house last night.
“We’re not Plaxico Burress!” said Scafa before an older man interrupted. “Christine, don’t say anything,” he told her.
But Dippenworth chuckled back, “Well, I’m a Plaxico Burress fan.”
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for not wasting taxpayer’s money by not imprisoning non-violent drug offenders. The only problem is it’s only working out for white chicks.
Anyone remember Julia Diaco? She was coined “NYU’s Pot Princess” by the New York rags after she was busted by the NYPD for running a virtual drug den from her NYU dorm room. Diaco was selling cocaine, marijuana, LSD, psychedelic mushrooms and other hallucinogens. She was sentenced to an 18-month rehab stint and had to pass drug tests.
Diaco came by the pot princess moniker honestly:
Diaco had everything going for her — voted “most likely to be famous” by her senior class. She lived in a $2 million mansion on a sprawl of waterfront in tony Rumson, N.J., a castle of a home with gold-plated fixtures, marble tile and an indoor pool. The 18-year-old’s father, Anthony, owns a powerhouse construction company, AJD Construction Inc., that racks up $165 million a year and her mother, Pamela, is active in community groups. Her two older brothers went to Princeton and Harvard, and Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi once played a private concert in the family’s barn.
Like I said, putting people in prison for years for non-violent drug offenses is not something I’m likely to get behind anytime soon. That being said, we cannot continue to support a system that spends billions upon billions of dollars on a so-called “war on drugs” while privelaged white people literally laugh in the face of the law without fear of prison while blacks and latinos fall victim to New York’s Rockefeller drug laws.
“Julia Diaco and Caroline Quartararo’s cases remind us that, if you are rich and privileged you will likely receive compassion from the courts,” said Cheri O’Donoghue, whose son Ashley is currently serving a sentence of 7 -21 years, also for a first-time non-violent drug offense. “While I support the notion of compassion and access to treatment for people who use and abuse drugs,” continued Cheri O’Donoghue, “the reality is that people of color who get caught up in the criminal justice system generally receive neither. Although drug use rates are similar between blacks and whites, approximately 92 percent of the people in prison on drug charges in New York are Black and Latino.”
O’Donoghue’s son, a 23-year-old black man, sold cocaine to two white students, who in turn sought to re-sell the drugs on their Hamilton College campus. The students were caught, and as with the Diaco and Quartararo, were given probation, while Ashley was left to languish in prison, another casualty of the draconian Rockefeller drug laws. Ashley is one of more than 4,000 people sitting in NYS prisons convicted of B-level Rockefeller Drug Law felonies. The B-Level offenders are a group of people for whom the modest reforms to the state’s drug laws in 2004 and 2005 did not have any impact.
Imagine what we could do as a country if we put even a fraction of the nearly $50 billion spent on the war on drugs into our public education system?