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Intersection of Justice

The Jonathan Majors Trial

Marvel actor Jonathan Majors and ex-girlfriend Grace Jabbari pose for a pic during happier times. Majors is currently on trial for allegedly abusing Jabbari. / Getty

There is no double standard when it comes to domestic violence.

The intersection of race and gender are present in the Johnathan Majors assault trial and it is one to pay attention too.

Majors, a rising Hollywood actor, is under a lot of media scrutiny as he faces charges for assaulting his former girlfriend Grace Jabbari. According to NPR, NYPD prosecutors say Majors attacked Jabbari in the back of a SUV in Manhattan in March. Majors was arrested by NYPD officers who responded to a call and found Jabbari with cuts, bruises, and a broken finger. The two had argued after Jabbari saw a text Majors received from another woman.

Interestingly, back in June majors filed a cross complaint against Jabbari for assault, but the Manhattan district attorney’s office dropped all charges against her without conducting an investigation. In this case of domestic violence there should be no double standard. Attempting to convict an aspiring actor, who is in hopes of protecting his reputation, undermines him as a Black man and the potential actions Jabbari could have taken against him. Domestic violence, as common as it is, is a serious crime. What society regulates as always the man’s fault, a woman can be the abuser too. Both individuals are responsible for each other’s well being and must take accountability for the actions they do during the relationship. However, putting one to face the consequences and not the other doesn’t seem quite fair and gives off more of a power move.

Majors leaves court with his current girlfriend actress Meagan Good.

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Nearly half — or 45% of Black women and 40% of Black men – have experienced intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes, compared with 25% of women and 11% of men across all races.

The influence of media attention holds the ability to shape an individual’s reputation making it very easy to dismantle one’s credibility. Maintaining positive portrayals of Majors Black individuals is crucial. Black representation is a communal highlight in the media so when outlets decide to cast another Black man in a negative light, it becomes important to scrutinize all parties involved. The Majors jury is set to return at 2:15pm. on December 15 for a second day of deliberations according to Deadline. If convicted, Majors will face a year in prison. Check back here for an update.

 

By Jayla Johnson, Illinois State University Alum

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Written by Jayla Johnson

Jayla Johnson is an Illinois State University alumni and blogger for her own website JJMedia, which spotlights digital creations and interviews people in the field.

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