By now nearly everyone in the country knows about the six young black men charged with criminal acts surrounding the beating of a white classmate in
I have read countless media reports about the situation. There is no question that there were situations leading up the alleged beating that increased racial tensions in that small
The young white man beaten was beaten until he was unconscious by the alleged attackers. The fight was allegedly six on one. Nothing, and I mean nothing, including the use of the N word justifies that sort of violence. People, including young people, who act so violently, should be held accountable. There is no justification for six young men beating another young man unconscious.
That is what is disturbing about the
One woman on WIS TV stated that “:it could have been” her son among the six accused. If her son was among the accused, she should be ashamed. I would be. No words, and I mean not any words, justify six guys beating a guy unconscious. To protest and suggest otherwise is harmful to young people and reinforces stereotypes about African Americans that racists have.
There is a legal system. If the young black men in question were racially harassed, they should have sought some sort of legal recourse, not violence. Their alleged choice to be violent should not be celebrated or defended.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. got more done for civil rights in this country than perhaps any other person. He modeled his acts on the non violent means of Gandhi. There is something to be said for that. When one is not violent, but simply stands up for his rights he has more credibility.
Further, lets reverse the situation. Supposed six white students beat a black student unconscious. The white students would probably not only be charged for their crimes of beating the student, but with hate crimes and lynching.
Equal justice means equal justice. If the young men accused acted with racial hate, charge them with racial hate crimes. I do not know about the lynching laws in
But, most importantly, I will state again, there are no words, and I mean no words spoken that justify a horrible beating. Until we as a community and a society as a whole embrace that idea, we will continue to have divisions that are just down right silly and highly paid activists that whip us to false frenzies and lead good intentioned people into defending thugs of any race.