The Oscar Pistorius Sentence: A Win For White Privilege

On Wednesday, Oscar Pistorius was sent to prison. He will serve a six-year sentence for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, the model with whom he was romantically involved until he killed her in February 2013.

There was an outcry as Thokozile Masipa, the judge who has handled this matter for the last two years, deviated from the legally mandated minimum sentence of 15 years in prison that is handed down to most murderers. Masipa found there were “mitigating circumstances” that warranted a reduced sentence.

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