It’s hard to imagine anything that fits the description “hate crime” more than the acts perpetrated on a defenseless, mentally challenged man by four African-Americans who kidnapped him, bound him and tortured him on the West side of Chicago for possibly 48-hours.

Thirty minutes of the horrific scenes were streamed live on Facebook by the perpetrators.

Video of attack is GRAPHIC

As the perpetrators taunted the young man with “F*** Trump” and “F*** white people,” they forced him to say, “I love black people,” while beating him, putting a knife to his throat, cutting his scalp and making him drink out of a filthy toilet.

Yet, President Obama’s spokesman, Josh Earnest, sipping from a coffee mug from the podium in the White House press room, was unable to utter the summon up the words labeling the act for what it was, engaging in a delicate dance, sidestepping the issue with carefully crafted dissembling language.

Calling the video “disturbing,” Earnest admitted that he hadn’t spoken to Obama about the incident.

Earnest’s remarks came in the course of a White House press conference a day after the victim was found walking on a Chicago street, bloodied and disoriented, dress inadequately against the bitter cold.

The four perpetrators, two men and two women, ranged in age from 18 to 24 years of age, were arrested in a nearby apartment.

While there could be little doubt that the scenes streamed on Facebook were racially charged, Chicago Police Department Commander Kevin Duffin apparently wasn’t convinced.


“Kids make stupid decisions — I shouldn’t call them kids, they’re legally adults. But they’re young adults and they make stupid decisions. That will certainly be part of whether or not we determine this a hate crime or whether or not this is stupid ranting and raving.”

Earnest wouldn’t call the atrocities a hate crime, either, saying the images, “demonstrate … ah, ah, ah… a level of depravity that is an outrage to a lot of Americans,” although not elaborating on which Americans could not be outraged by the sadistic scenes.

Even when asked point-blank by Kevin Corker of Fox News, who is an African-American, if the act “rises to the level of a hate crime,” Earnest hemmed and hawed before responding, “I think it’s too early to tell, I… uh… uh… certainly don’t want to predict where the investigation would lead. I think our expectation would be that local law enforcement would follow the facts and I wouldn’t speculate at this point about to what degree federal officials would get involved for considering those kinds of crimes.”


Earnest’s reluctance to call it what it is mirrored that of the mainstream media, which did not publish the names or race of the perpetrators in initial coverage.

The four have been charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, while Jordan Hill, 18, was also charged with charges of robbery, residential burglary and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Two others Cooper were also charged with residential burglary.

And all four have been charged with committing a hate crime.

Do think Obama has done extreme damage to race relations in the United States by a constant campaign of race baiting?

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