When white people cite race as the cause of some unfortunate situation, is it still called "playing the race card?"
September 20, 2006
BY KATHARINE WEBSTER
SALEM, N.H. -- A Maine couple accused of tying up their 19-year-old daughter, throwing her in their car and driving her out of state to get an abortion were upset because the baby's father is black, a Maine sheriff said Tuesday.
Katelyn Kampf, who is white, told Cumberland County Sheriff Mark Dion that her mother ''was pretty irate at the fact that the child's father was black, and she had made a number of disparaging remarks about that,'' he said.
Katelyn Kampf escaped Friday at a Salem shopping center and called police, who arrested her parents, Nicholas Kampf, 54, and Lola, 53, both real estate developers from North Yarmouth, Maine.
The Kampfs were apparently taking their daughter to New York to try to force her to get an abortion there, police said.
The parents were arraigned Monday on kidnapping charges. If convicted of kidnapping, the Kampfs face 71/2 to 15 years in prison.
Defense attorney Mark Sisti said Tuesday that a sworn statement by Salem police who interviewed both Katelyn Kampf and her parents said nothing about the father's race.
''This whole race-card thing is ridiculous and objectionable,'' said Sisti. ''There wasn't any mention in the sworn affidavit to the court about race being a factor in any way, shape or form.''
The boyfriend, 22-year-old Reme Johnson, last week began serving a 6-month sentence for theft at the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn, Maine. He is also a self-styled hip-hop artist who has gone by the name Young Merk.