A couple of weeks ago another heinous racially motivated murder was committed in our nation. Two young men harassed, then brutally assaulted a 57 year old homeless man who eventually died from the beating. His body was found beaten and bruised at a local Middle School in Flint, Michigan. To make matters worse, the murder was apparently racially motivated. It is quite likely that the local authorities in Flint are even now preparing to welcome some of our nation’s boldest civil rights leaders as they come to protest this heinous crime.
The homeless man, Gary Nagy, was white. His attackers were a 20 year old and a 15 year old, both African American. Obviously, since the victim and the assailants were of different skin tones there were racial elements at play.
Wait…? So our revered civil rights leaders won’t be travelling to Flint, Michigan? There won’t be any public proclamations of a climate of racial hatred? This won’t be used as another example of the attempt by white America to suppress its minority citizens? In fact, it’s very likely you won’t even see it mentioned in the news.
The case seems pretty clear-cut and I look forward to the state laying out its case for why these two young men are guilty of torture and murder. Very likely, there will be witnesses who heard them brag of the killing, there may be DNA or forensic evidence linking them to the crime, or perhaps a camera somewhere caught their flight. I am fairly certain, however, that the one thing that won’t happen in this case is a charge of hate crime, or racially motivated murder.
A grotesque and violent crime was committed by two people upon another, and that is what matters. Their reasoning for the murder only matters so far as to show what kind of killing this was, and all of society should not be judged for the acts of the individual. I would no sooner blame African American society for this crime than I would blame the victim himself for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or for responding to their taunts in the first place.
The race-baiters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson won’t be in Flint for this case because an old homeless white man doesn't matter to them. There is no money to be made, so they’ll stay home.