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Racism, media bias caused gay man Bayna El-Amin's 9-year prison sentence, advocates say
"This happens to queer black people all the time. Communities are being railroaded into jail."
By Mic

If you ask activists and advocates who worked on behalf of Bayna-Lehkeim El-Amin, a gay black man who received a nine-year prison sentence for a May 2015 altercation at Dallas BBQ in New York City, the structural barriers between El-Amin and justice were too great to overcome.

“It’s so many things that came together to make this happen,” Mitchyll Mora, one of a handful of activists who worked on El-Amin’s behalf, told Mic. “And this happens to queer black people all the time. Communities are being railroaded into jail.”

El-Amin was convicted of low-level felony assault with a gay white couple, in which the defendant said he was acting in self-defense. The first images of the incident came from a video that starts midway through the altercation, in which El-Amin strikes Jonathan Snipes over the head with a chair. The video, shot on May 5, 2015, was posted online only hours after the assault between El-Amin, Snipes and Snipes’ then-boyfriend Ethan York-Adams. The video showed a large black man — El-Amin is 6'6" and almost 300 pounds — harming two smaller white men.

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