On Tuesday, January 4, 2017, an event was streamed live via Facebook: A group of four black young adults binding, gagging, and torturing a developmentally delayed white male. As if the kidnapping, binding, gagging, and torturing another human being wasn’t enough, the four perpetrators were heard on the tape yelling, “F*** Trump” and “F*** white people.”
These four individuals filmed themselves repeatedly kicking and hitting their helpless victim. They cut his clothes and his scalp with a knife and burned him with a cigarette. They made him drink from a toilet and repeat their bigoted mantra of “F*** Trump” and “F*** white people.”
It is believed, but not yet confirmed, that the victim may have been acquainted with one or more of his attackers. The victim reportedly met some acquaintances in a suburb of Chicago and then was driven into Chicago in a stolen vehicle. It was then that he was held hostage and tortured. The victim was reported missing by his parents on Monday; they had not seen him since dropping him off at a fast food restaurant on Sunday. Tuesday afternoon, he was found wandering in distress in Chicago’s Homan Square neighborhood. Police are investigating whether the victim had been held captive for the entire period of time that he was missing.
Fortunately, the young man’s four tormenters have been arrested. While formal chargers have not yet been proffered, the mainstream media and liberal black America is already attempting to minimize this attack as nothing more than a prank or a bad decision made by children.
Anthony Guglielmi, spokesman for the Chicago Police Department, has stated that he does not believe the attack was racially motivated, the statements of the perpetrators notwithstanding. Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson simply found the event “sickening.” Commander Kevin Duffin declared the torturers were “young adults, and they make stupid decisions.” These three high-ranking police officials are all downplaying the bigoted statements of the perpetrators, and one can only imagine what their reaction would be if four white people had driven into Chicago, kidnapped a developmentally delayed black person, taken him to the suburbs, tortured him for maybe 48 hours, made him drink from a toilet, and made him disavow Barack Obama and his own race.
However, the outrage over this incident is increased due to the reaction of liberal black America. Don Lemon, one of CNN’s primary race and gender hustlers, is on record as saying what happened was “not evil.” Symone Sanders, former spokesperson for Bernie Sanders, said, “We cannot callously go about classifying things as a hate crime.”
She continued, “If we start going around and anytime someone says or does something egregious or bad and sickening in sense in connection with the president-elect Donald Trump, or even President Obama for that matter, because of their political leanings, that’s slippery territory. That is not a hate crime.”
Wait a minute -- This is the same crop of individuals who labels anyone who opposes Obama a racist or a race traitor. But now that a group of black people has assaulted a white person while shouting anti-Trump and anti-white rhetoric, they want to discuss nuance.
On Thursday morning, I was a panelist on “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin. Another panelist, an alleged social justice warrior, refused to say that the actions of the four black people were wrong and a crime. However, if the victim were black, or homosexual, or someone suffering from gender dysphoria, she was quick to say it would have been a hate crime and wrong. She tried to justify their actions by saying maybe they were afraid for their lives. She continued to argue that after living in a totalitarian, racist system that devalues black lives, it isn’t any wonder that black people are now fighting back.
First, if anyone thinks America is totalitarian, they need to get a passport and travel the world. Second, even if the narrative being driven that cops are hunting down and killing black people were true, how does that justify the torture of an innocent?
The last assault on common decency is caused by the complete silence of organizations like the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and others allegedly dedicated to fighting intolerance, bigotry, and discrimination. Why have we not heard from homosexual organizations denouncing this violence? Add to that the silence of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and the other urban race-hustlers, and it becomes crystal clear that there is something pathologically wrong within the black community.
As of today, we only have video. But when police videos are released, the aggrieved left is quick to convict police officers in the court of public opinion with neither investigation nor trial. But these four blacks, regardless of their recorded bigoted diatribe, deserve the benefit of the doubt.
If the victim here had been black, America would be in flames right now. You think the riots in Ferguson were terrible? Black Lives Matter and their followers would be in the streets today, looting and pillaging in the name of social justice. Yes, when the black community can justify the kidnapping and torturing of anyone in order to drive a political narrative, there is truly something pathologically wrong within the black community.
If black people want to be treated as full and equal citizens in this republic, they must be willing to extend that same treatment to others. The boy did nothing to no one. His only “crime” was the color of his skin. Skin color was not a valid justification for lynching blacks; neither is a justification for kidnapping and torturing whites.