Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Stranger In Your Father's Land...

On Monday, police charged Ronald Kelly, 20, and Adrian Barker, 21, with felonious assault as well as murder, after allegedly beating to death Christopher Kernich, 23 in what witnesses have called “an unprovoked attack.”

In the early morning hours of November 15, Kent State University student Christopher Kernich was walking home with two friends after a party. As the three walked down the sidewalk, a car carelessly pulled out of a parking lot, narrowly missing the students. The driver then pulled into a driveway and waited for them, both the driver and passenger then jumped from the vehicle and allegedly attacked the young men.

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On November 21, Christopher Kernich succumbed to his injuries. The Summit County medical examiner has confirmed that his death was caused by blunt force trauma to the head, which caused uncontrollable swelling in the brain.

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*Reporter’s note: There was no robbery involved, and the two groups of young men did not know one another. So, when a deadly attack occurs for no apparent reason, one has to look a little deeper for a motive, such as race.

The attackers in this case, were black, while the victims were white. While that fact is seemingly being overlooked by the police as well as most of those reporting on the horrific incident, race-fueled hatred may present the only possible motivating factor to cause two men to stomp on the head of a total stranger, until the man’s brain explodes.

While I personally find hate crime laws to be absurd, if this standard is to be applied in this country, then it must be applied equally. However, we have seen time and time again, that it is certainly not applied equally.

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In June 2009, during his testimony before a Senate panel considering new hate crimes legislation, Attorney General Eric Holder made it very clear that any new laws passed would not apply to white victims.

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