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Black Gang Charged Under South Carolina Lynching Law

John on June 28, 2011 at 10:08 am

Rachel Maddow should immediately accuse Matt Lauer and the today show of trying to scare white people. Here’s the story as told on Today:

Here’s what the good kids who made bad choices did to Carter Strange:

He had to have emergency surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain, and underwent an operation on Thursday to rebuild his nose, which was badly broken. He also suffered a fractured eye socket.

Meanwhile the police say they haven’t found any evidence that Carter was targeted because he is white:

Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott…said he cannot call it a hate crime because investigators have not gathered evidence that shows the teens singled out Carter Strange because he is white.

“It’s a heinous crime,” the chief said.

The group was apparently trolling the area for someone to rob, so maybe anyone would have done. But does anyone have any doubt that, if the races were reversed, Al Sharpton would have airlifted in to demand justice? So if it’s not about race, what led to this? The 19 year old who seems to have been the gang-leader in this case sounds like a real winner:

Henrey stood before the judge wiping tears from his eyes and sighed heavily several times. Earlier, he had told the judge that he attended Spring Valley High School but never graduated. He said he did not have a job because of previous criminal charges. When the judge asked if Henrey’s mother knew about his bond hearing, the 19-year-old shrugged and answered no.

Did the judge ask about his father? Apparently not. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess he doesn’t see his dad very often if at all. I don’t know that’s the case, but the odds are in my favor. Is it likely this broken family has something to do with his troubled personal history. Yes, but let’s not talk about that.

BTW, the reference to these kids being charged under an old lynching law appears in the Daily Mail story. That’s a UK paper. So far, not a single US paper has reported this. Maybe that’s because the Mail got it wrong or maybe it’s because everyone on this side of the pond is tip-toeing around the obvious racial element to this incident.

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