I am outraged!
An innocent victim is brutally murdered, and the killer will not get the death penalty. Have we become so calloused that the unprovoked deaths of innocents (of all people) do not merit the death penalty?
Oh, did you think I was talking about the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case?
That is not surprising, since it has dominated news coverage almost every day since it happened. But my outrage is not directed at a case that has been examined and re-examined from the ghetto to the newsrooms to the White House, but at an incident that you probably have not heard of.
Do the names De’Marquise Elkins or Antonio West ring a bell? Generate a vague recollection? “I seem to have heard something like that.” Well, let me refresh your memory, since apparently the national media don’t consider the story worth any major coverage.
On March 21, 2013, Antonio West was shot to death by De’Marquise Elkins. Well, that is not all that big a deal; after all, according to the Slate gun-death tracker, “Last year, there were 32,163 firearm deaths … the vast majority of these deaths are Americans killing Americans.”
And with names like De’Marquise and Antonio, they were probably black. As the statistics show, “Blacks killing blacks ain’t no big deal.” After all, almost 500 blacks have been killed in Chicago since the Martin-Zimmerman saga began to unfold (61 just during the trial period). “So what’s the big deal about some dude named De’Marquis offing another dude named Antonio?”
Apparently there is a little more to the story than that, something the national media obviously did not consider particularly newsworthy. According to several reports (not headline news, of course) which lasted about two days, the following emerges:
Antonio (Santiago) West, a 13 month old, was sitting in his stroller when De’Marquis (17) and Dominique Lang (15) accosted his mother, Sherry, and demanded money. According to Sherry, “A boy approached me and told me he wanted my money, and I told him I didn’t have any money, and he said, ‘Give me your money or I’m going to kill you and I’m going to shoot your baby and kill your baby,’ and I said, I don’t have any money and don’t kill my baby!”
The boy tried to grab her purse and then opened fire, grazing her head, when she said she tried to tell him she had no money. She said the boy then shot her in the leg.
She continued, “And then, all of a sudden, he walked over and he shot my baby in the face.”
The tragic truth is most of us are not aware of this story because since it involved blacks killing whites, the national media paid it little attention. Can you imagine the furor had Antonio been black and De’Marquise white? Oh, you’re right, we don’t have to imagine the outrage, furor and demands for the U.S. government to become involved. We have the Martin-Zimmerman case. Can you even imagine President George Bush saying “Antonio West could have been me X number of years ago”?
They have found and arrested the aforementioned teens and booked them. While we know exactly what Trayvon Martin looked like (when he was 15) and what Zimmerman looks like in a suit now (not what he looked like the night of the incident), we do not know what Antonio looks like. Nor could we pick the two assailants out of a police lineup; no media coverage or pictures of them plastered all over.
Impartial, unbiased, police work? Compare what you know about the Martin-Zimmerman case with this statement by the public information officer handling the West case: “There is no clear motive right now … this is what the mother said … we as law enforcement, we can’t go off on what anyone says. We have to thoroughly investigate the case.” Oh, you mean like since there was no one who actually witnessed the Zimmerman-Martin incident, and despite the evidence of blood and bruises on Zimmerman, you proceed to charge him with murder based on …?
But that is not the end of the story. Now they are attempting to destroy the mother’s testimony. There are allegations that she and the father had “gunshot residue” on their persons. Maybe they shot her baby in the head for the insurance money? Well of course, that would make more sense than having to believe that two black teens could actually kill a someone (a baby) in cold blood.
But, naturally, we will not get to the final resolution in that case. No more news coverage, no play-by-play, no cameras and video in the courtroom, “learned jurists” or “in-depth analysis” will be forthcoming from that trial. Such coverage would seriously damage the leftist position that whites are collectively guilty for slavery that ended almost 150 years ago.
According to this position, blacks, who are unable to compete with whites (or other minorities) on equal footing (hence affirmative action-for blacks only) are to be accorded not equal justice but “equality oriented justice.” The statue of Justice wears a blindfold for a reason.
Yes, I am outraged. America is “the land of the free and home of the brave” and should be a bastion of liberty and equal justice for all!