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Black Moms Who Received Harsher Sentences Than Felicity Huffman

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We know a mother’s love runs deep, and she will do anything for her child. With that said we aren’t passing judgement on any mother (black or white) trying to ensure their kids gets the best education. BUT … we all know when white folks get caught breaking the law versus black folks the treatment is very different.

Such is the case with Felicity Huffman. The actress was finally sentenced on Friday for her role in a sprawling college admissions scandal involving rich and famous families who funneled cash to fixers in order to get their kids into the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities. Huffman is the highest profile defendant to admit wrong doing in the case.

Felicity Huffman and husband William H. Macy outside the Boston Courthouse, Friday September 13.

The judge gave her 14 days in prison, and a $30,000 fine. In addition, the actress will serve one year of probation and perform 250 hours of community service.

The sentence at first seems a bit harsh until you compare it to these black women who got thrown under the jail for doing way less.

Kelley Williams-Bolar

Kelley Williams-Bolar served nine days in jail in 2011 after she was found guilty of using her father’s address instead of her own in an attempt to have her daughters enroll in a better school district than the Akron, Ohio, one they were slated for. Williams-Bolar was also put on probation for three years and required to complete 80 hours of community service.

Tanya McDowell

District officials decided to prosecute Tanya McDowell, a Black, single, homeless parent on a charge that carried up to 20 years in prison.  She was sentenced to 5 years in prison and another 5 years probation for sending her 6-year-old son to Norwalk Connecticut’s Brookside Elementary School while she ‘lived’ in Bridgeport, even though she was homeless.  She was convicted of 1st-degree larceny for “stealing“ an education. At the time McDowell had also been arrested for selling drugs to an undercover cop.

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