Until recently, juror questionnaires in DeKalb County, GA had to be filled out by hand and mailed in. However, about a month ago, the court joined this century and switched to online forms in an effort to simplify the process and save money.
A prospective juror who was filling out the form reported something disturbing–and DeKalb County Court has to answer for it! When typing “S” for “Sales” under “occupation,” the unnamed registering juror found that a rather shocking profession popped up–Slave. (Goddamnit…every time I say Georgia has–nevermind)
Since the revelation, residents have become outraged. DeKalb resident Cheryl Glass said, “That is not an occupation. Slave is not an occupation. Another resident, Bridgette Mathis, expressed disbelief: “So they’re saying it’s a mistake? I don’t think so. Why is that even an option? Wow.”
DeKalb County, which has a roughly 50% black population, has no answers as to how “slave” became listed as an employment option, but fortunately the software company that developed the site does: According to the company, the dropdown menus in the survey are inputted by the court itself.
Court Administrator Cathy McCumber told 11Alive that the list, which is based off an internal list that’s been used for 13 years, went online a month ago. The list is 62 pages long, so McCumber is not sure whether “Slave” was imported from the master list or actually typed by hand.
The option was removed one hour after officials became aware of the issue, but that still does not explain why it was an option in the first place. At least the Tea Party will have some new rhetoric: “Obummercare is like being a juror in Georgia!”