It’s hard to say what the worst part of this story is: The fact that some white teens in Claremont, New Hampshire thought it would be funny to lynch a little brown kid or that the police are protecting the teens.
Two weeks ago, Cassandra Merlin’s son was airlifted to a hospital in Dartmouth after he was viciously hung from a tree and left to die:
[Lorrie] Slattery said she was able to recount what happened from her grandson’s 11-year-old sister and other children present (there were no adults), and that her grandson and some teens were playing in a yard on Aug. 28 when the teens started calling the little boy “racial epithets” and throwing sticks and rocks at his legs.
Some or all of the teens allegedly stepped up on a picnic table and grabbed a nearby rope that had been part of a tire swing, Slattery said.
“The (teenagers) said, ‘Look at this,’ supposedly putting the rope around their necks,” Slattery said. “One boy said to (her grandson), ‘Let’s do this,’ and then pushed him off the picnic table and hung him.
”The boy swung back and forth by his neck three times before he was able to remove the rope from his neck; Slattery said none of the teens came to his aid.
That deliberate nature of the attack combine with the overt racism is the definition of a hate crime. It beggars the imagination what kind of home environment these teens must live in that they thought lynching an 8-year-old would be “fun”. This kind of sick behavior is learned and having a white nationalist in the White House probably didn’t help.
Merlin posted a picture of her child’s swollen throat on Facebook:
The police are very concerned. At least about making sure no white lives are ruined:
[Claremont Police Chief Mark] Chase also said that the kids being investigated (who knows if they’re charged) should be “protected.”
“Mistakes they make as a young child should not have to follow them for the rest of their life,” Chase said.*
Calling a small biracial child racial slurs, putting him in a noose and watching him hang is not a “mistake”, it’s attempted murder. We put teens in jail for allegedly shoplifting, sometimes up to three years without a trial, but we’re supposed to believe the deliberate lynching of an elementary school student is just a youthful prank of some sort?
If, even at this late date, you’re still confused as to why Black Lives Matter exists, this should really clear that up for you. In America, in 2017, the police are treating teens that strung up a little boy with brown skin with a gentleness they would never show a group of black teens that assaulted a white 2nd grader. Don’t be surprised if they get off with a slap on the wrist and a wag of the finger. After all, we have to think of their future.
But not about their future victims.
Is America great again, yet?
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