Been there. Been called that.
And why, if they’re so badass, do they always require police escorts — as the National Alliance did last Friday — out of town?
And isn’t a “white power rally” redundant?
When I think of white power rallies I think of Wall Street and Ponzi schemes, not fools in robes.
Hate crime hypocrisy, as Randell puts it, is precisely what Mahaney’s beating is. This truth stings because it comes from a hate peddler whose intentions are not to educate, enlighten or heal but to cause dis-ease.
I work with black teenagers.
I love black teenagers.
I have been a black teenager and I can only imagine what those six said to one another just before the first blow was thrown and the first kick was kicked and I guarantee Mahaney’s race was uttered from someone’s mouth.
Get that white...
They may never admit it, not even to their weeping mammas.
Ain’t it always black mammas crying for their black sons?
But that is OK.
They don’t have to say this publicly: that, yes mamma, I beat that man. Yes, because I was bored but also because he was white and he looked vulnerable. Yes, mamma, I joined in stomping him because, for once, here was someone I could conquer and instead of running away ... home, back to you, I did beat him.
However, as adults it’s our collective responsibility to teach our (black) children well.
To tell them, as my mamma did, that when they say they’re bored they must be boring.
To show them something to do that doesn’t include the demoralization and humiliation of another human being.
To stop coddling them when they’re wrong, regardless of how publicly ashamed and judged we might feel.
To not let an entire community wrongly play the race card in reverse.
To admit it’s possible that people of color can summon enough hatred and act out on that hatred and to understand that hatred on the level required to beat down another human being isn’t reserved for white supremacists, but it is hatred that can reflux in any one of us because hatred doesn’t care where or when it lands.
Now these six black teenagers have been deemed by the judicial system set up to fail and jail them and by future institutions of education and juvenile delinquency as Serious Youthful Offenders. If indicted by a grand jury they have a right to trials by jury.
If convicted in those trials, because of their designations, they could be susceptible to Ohio’s rarely used mash-up of adult and juvenile sentences that could send them to juvenile facilities but return them to adult prisons if they screw up again as teenagers.
And they will screw up again as teenagers if we don’t intervene on a profound level of emotional, racial and spiritual truth-telling that transcends the empty hallmark of a community rally.
Look these boys in the eyes and connect the dots for them.
Tell them what they’ve done.
Project for them the path they’re on and tell them a boy named Trayvon Martin died in vain if they cannot admit to someone the truth behind what they did to Mahaney.
And please do it swiftly.
Because I cannot bear aligning myself with the likes of Randell one second longer.
Please. God forgive me.
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