In a move that really surprises no one, law enforcement officials are remaining quiet about the alleged lynching of an 8-year-old biracial boy that occurred in Claremont, N.H. on August 28. Claiming to be protecting the “children” that committed this horrendous act, Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase, refused to comment on the case beyond saying that the matter is under investigation.
Under investigation in this case is probably slang for “we’re trying to figure out a better way to spin this so the little black boy is guilty and our fine little white teens are cleared of any wrongdoing.” The victim was a biracial child, the alleged perpetrators were white teens – all at least 5 years older than the small boy they allegedly attacked.
The whole situation is a bit mind-boggling, to be honest.
In an effort to justify his silence and to defend the teens, Chase said:
‘Mistakes they make as a young child should not have to follow them for the rest of their life.’
While it is true that this was perhaps a spur of the moment event, the fact that these boys would even consider something like this leads to a more harrowing train of thought. What made them think this was even remotely an “OK” thing to do? Even pretending to hang someone, in this day and age, is abominable.
If we look back on other incidents and the way law enforcement reacted, we see a very disturbing pattern emerging. Trayvon Martin, attacked and killed by George Zimmerman, was painted as a teenage thug — he was 16-years-old when he was murdered in cold blood and his killer walked free. Tamir Rice was a 12-year-old boy playing in a park when he was gunned down by a white police officer and he was painted as a budding young thug practicing quick-draws with his toy gun. Michael Brown was also painted as thug, even though he was a good student and was preparing to enter college before he was gunned down by a police officer.
Yet the local law enforcement in this case refers to the real teenage thugs that participated in hanging a boy half their size and weight as “children,” claiming that their lives might be affected by an act they committed and they shouldn’t be saddled with that. They committed the alleged act with full knowledge that it was wrong.
In a statement to Valley News, Hartford Committee on Racial Inequality member Olivia Lapierre said:
‘I am not very shocked that (the incident) happened. I am not shocked that it is in our community and I am certainly not shocked that public officials haven’t done anything. It’s more disturbing … and disheartening than anything.’
When do we cease being a divided country and simply become a country full of people that treat each other like decent human beings? When do we stop blaming victims based on their race, as if they encouraged these violent acts to be perpetrated against them.
These young thugs had to have a reason to act out their abhorrent fantasies and it is very doubtful that they were encouraged by an 8-year-old boy.