A federal trial court hearing a discrimination case has refused to accept a new and rather bizarre legal theory. The plaintiff alleged that a principle called “psychological projection” can prove that someone is a racist because he falsely alleges that someone else is racist.
Recent case: Marica was fired after an argument with a co-worker, Michael, turned physical. Sometime after the fight, Michael allegedly lied about something Marica said. He claimed Marica said he was a “white motherf***er,” an accusation Marica denied.
Marica sued and told the court that the co-worker’s false statement about Marica’s alleged racist comments was proof he was a racist himself. His “lie” that Marica was a racist supposedly was a psychological projection of his own racism.
The court refused to entertain the new theory and dismissed the case. (Johnson v. Koppers, No. 10-C-3404, ND IL, 2012)
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