Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Will Holder Prosecute as a Hate Crime?


In the early morning hours of November 15, Christopher Kernich and two fellow students at Kent State, Ohio, were walking down the street when three men in a car nearly hit the group of students. One student allegedly yelled at the men to "watch what you're doing." The men then pulled into a nearby driveway, got out, and assaulted the students. Kernich was beaten so severely that he never regained consciousness. He died Saturday.

Christopher, 23, was a star athlete and a business management major at Kent State. Involved in football, basketball, and baseball, he was a handsome young man who will never get to fulfill his dreams because of three thugs. It's always sad to hear of such a young life being taken under any circumstances, let alone because these "men" were told to be more careful when driving.

Kernich's mother, an employee for a contractor working at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, flew home to be at her son's side as soon as she heard. From experience, I can tell you that this is every mother's worse nightmare.

Ronald G. Kelly (photo right), 20, and Adrian A. Barker (photo left), 21, both of Akron, have been charged with felonious assault and could face even more charges in light of Kernich's death. A third suspect remains at large. Kelly and Barker should be facing federal hate crime charges. Why? Because this heinous act was perpetrated by three black men who beat three whites, killing one.

According to John Peach, chief of police at Kent State, racial comments were not the cause of the beating.

"The windows had tinted glass," he said. "They didn't know what race was inside the suspects' car. Some of these rumors that are taking place are ridiculous."

Some Web sites and blogs have suggested, in explicit language, that Kernich was at fault in the beating.

"Nobody could have predicted how these suspects acted and why," Peach said. "It's inexplicable."

If the roles had been reversed and a black student was killed by three whites, it would be front and center in the media. Eric Holder and BHO would have the killers convicted in the press. But all reports I've read on the incident give no indication of the race of the killers. Is it because they're black? Murder is murder regardless of skin color. Black or white, these scumbags deserve to never see the light of day again.

Since the recent hate crimes legislation was passed, Holder needs to wield the power he has to throw the book at these guys. Of course, my gut tells me he won't. He refuses to sentence the members of the New Black Panther Party who were convicted on charges of voter intimidation for their menacing presence at a Philadelphia voting center during the last presidential election, so I have my doubts as to whether he'll charge Kelly and Barker with a federal hate crime.

BHO and Holder wanted hate crime legislation expanded, so let's see how willing they are to apply it equally under the law. Maybe they're just waiting for a white on black killing or too busy reading blogs to determine which of us is guilty of a hate crime.

Anyone who may have information on the third person involved in the killing of Christopher Kernich is asked to contact the Kent State University Police Department at (330) 673.7732.

13 comments:

The Right Guy said...

One, Holder with do nothing. The victim didn't have enough melanin or the right sexuality. The only thing I can say is that I wish Chris had a .45 and used it well. As far as Hate crimes, I am against them. What makes someone's life more valuable than another? It's ridiculous. What people on the left call a hate crime is really just aggravating circumstances to be taken into consideration at trial and at sentencing.

blackandgoldfan said...

Very well put, my friend. I have a feeling that this is just going to be another instance of a double standard.

j summ said...

double standard indeed. because he is white and was not gay those hate crime statutes don't apply (so says the government). i defy anyone to show even 1 instance where something like this has occurred and a minority perpetrator was charged with a hate/bias crime.

blackandgoldfan said...

I can't think of one, jsumm. What happened to applying the law equally? It makes me ill to see the double standard.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Where have you been Fan? It's impossible for blacks to hate whites. Only whites are capable of hating.

blackandgoldfan said...

The memo must've been sent while I was work. How could I be so stupid to think that anyone but whites can hate? :-D

Ran said...

May God bless and keep Christopher.

Right Guy has it on all points.

"Perp as Victim."

Bungalow Bill said...

If the white kids beat the black kids I would have heard about this story before you presented it to the attention of your readers. It would have been labeled as a hate crime, and Jesse and Al would have been on camera in protest claiming they have met with the families.

Snarky Basterd said...

He didn't have the right skin color to motivate Holder to prosecute the responsible criminals under the terms of a "hate crime."

Amusing Bunni said...

These freaking thugs. What do you expect when obummer has the black panthers intimidating voters at polling places! And, in chicago, a woman is being charged with a hate crime for pulling some muzzies scarf. This is awful, B & G! We are now the endangered people in America.
Happy Thanksgiving eve eve.

The Right Guy said...

@Wood:
And only whites can be racists.
@jsumm:
It's not a double standard, it's a capricious one.

Soloman said...

Wow.. that hits close to home. I spent many a night drinking in the bars in Kent, Ohio.

Sad story.. thanks for bringing it to light.

Spinsterpov said...

But of course not only is it not a hate crime, the white kid is to blame for his own murder. That's taking the double standard way too far. Then again, the left never takes responsibility for any of their own actions so it has to be somebody else's fault.