We will begin with the story of an 18-year-old Chicago boy named Alton L. Hayes III, who, along with a younger accomplice, viciously attacked a 19-year-old boy with a tree branch simply because he was white. Hayes, who is black, said he was upset over the Trayvon Martin case and allegedly told the boy: “Empty your pockets, white boy!”
Hayes now faces charges of attempted robbery, aggravated battery and a hate crime. He is being held on $80,000 bond, and his 15-year-old accomplice is reportedly being processed through the juvenile court system.
Following the beating in Chicago, comes an equally disturbing incident in Mobile, Alabama, where a man by the name of Matthew Owens was beaten by an angry, race-fueled mob and is now in critical condition while the suspects remain at large. The latest reports claim local police expect to make arrests in the case some time on Tuesday.
According to police, Owens fussed at some kids playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive about 8:30 Saturday night. They say the kids left and a group of adults returned, armed with everything but the kitchen sink.
Owens’ sister, Ashley Parker, witnessed the brutality, telling WKRG that “it was the scariest thing I have ever witnessed.” She said that 20 people, all African American, attacked her brother on his front porch with “brass buckles, paint cans and anything they could get their hands on.” The Owens’ family is certain one of the attackers said: ”Now that’s justice for Trayvon.” The perpetrators were allegedly the basketball-paying youths’ parents.
Finally, there is the heartrending story that happened in Kansas in February, where a white, 13-year-old boy was walking home from school when he was accosted by two black teens. They chased the boy to his house but barred him from entering. According to reports, one of the suspect’s grabbed a red gasoline can and said:
“This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve white boy.”
That is when they reportedly doused the boy with gasoline and lit him ablaze. The police report stated that the ignition ”produced a large fireball burning the face and hair.” Kansas City Police Department Detective Stacey Taylor said detectives were concerned about damage to the boy’s eyes and lungs and that it was a heinous crime.
The boy’s mother said she could smell her son’s burned skin and has had to endure her other son, who is 5-years-old, ask if he, too, will be set on fire.
The assailants have yet to be apprehended and the family has been forced to relocate to a new home and school out of fear.
Yet the Al Sharptons, Jesse Jacksons, and the New Black Panthers of the world are deafeningly silent in the wake of these tragedies, which surely impact the African American community in as equal a negative measure as do instances in which blacks are the victims of racist attacks. If America’s black leaders care as much as they say they do, wouldn’t they seem the least bit concerned with the cancer eating away at a certain constituency within the community?
Beck noted this startling reality when he questioned the silence of these leaders in coming out and declaring what he believes they should: That this is not who we are and this “is not justice.”
Instead, it is these very people who, according to Beck, are encouraging the onslaught.
“Have we not learned anything from the past?” Beck asked as he pointed to a book called “Without Sanctuary.” The volume he presented is rarely found in libraries, even in a historical capacity as it depicts pictures of lynchings. Not all of the victims were African American, but Beck noted that the point was not as much about race as it was instead about “hatred.” In reviewing the disturbing photos, he instructed that more than the lynchings, one needs to pay attention to the faces of the people who witnessed them — they were all smiling.
Beck asked how this is this any different from the angry mob of parents, fueled by Al Sharpton and other race-baiters, who could attack a man with brass knuckles and paint cans just for telling their children to stop playing basketball.
And now, right on cue, the 20th anniversary of the Rodney King riots is upon us. Conveniently, the commemorations are slated to transpire on May 1st when the “May Day” Communist rallies are also set to commence. We can only hope that no one else’s life will hang in the balance.