Case in point: A school bus that HAPPENS to be filled with mostly black kids and where a couple of them just HAPPEN to beat the crap out of what HAPPENS to be one of the only white kids while most of the other black kids HAPPEN to cheer them on has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with racism. Zip. Zero. Nada.
The incident grabbed national headlines and incited a heated debate about race when police said the incident, involving a white victim and black assailants, may have been racially motivated. They later recanted that claim.
On the issue of a hate crime, [St. Clair County state’s attorney Robert] Haida said: “No evidence is present to suggest that the motive for the conduct was the race of the victim. Illinois law requires such evidence in order to support that charge. Illinois law is clear that the fact that a defendant and a victim are of different races is insufficient without more evidence to support a hate crime.”
Belleville police released video of the Monday morning incident and labeled it “racially motivated.” Later, a department spokesman said his initial comments were “personal and emotional” and not accurate.
“The incident appears now to be more about a couple of bullies on a bus dictating where people sit,” said Capt. Don Sax.
Can anyone with more than three brain cells imagine how the situation would have been covered and described if the races were reversed? $harpton and Je$$e would have flown in with hordes of professional protesters, Holder would have flown in a planeload of investigators, it would have gotten 5x as much air time as it did, etc.
Just a couple of bullies. Riiiiight.