The torture of a teenager streamed live on Facebook is “despicable” but not a sign of worsening racial tensions, President Obama said Thursday in an interview with CBS 2 Special Contributor Jay Levine.
In a one-on-one conversation at the White House as Obama winds down his term in office, the president was asked about the state of race relations in America.
Obama said he doesn’t believe racial tensions have gotten worse, but that the public exposure is more prevalent in the digital age.
I purposely declined to comment on the depravity of the walking sewage accused of kidnapping and torturing an 18-year-old man until I could reign in my outrage.
By now most everyone has heard about the incident in Chicago involving four depraved blacks charged with two separate hate crimes; one based on the victim’s race and the other based on his disability.
The condition of mind described as depravity of mind is characterized by an inherent deficiency of moral sense and integrity. It consists of evil, corrupt and perverted intent which is devoid of regard for human dignity and which is indifferent to human life. It is a state of mind outrageously horrible or inhuman.
The accused’s lawyers scandalously portrayed them as “responsible adults” and asked Cook County Circuit Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil to grant them bail “so they could return home while they await trial.”
All four have experienced brushes with the law for serious and violent crimes.
The Associated Press reported the judge asked, “Where was your sense of decency?” before denying the request.
The video footage, viewed by millions, shows the suspects taunting the victim with a torrent of profanities against white people and President-elect Trump, forcing the victim to drink toilet water and kiss the floor and then stuffing a sock in his mouth taping it shut as they bound his hands with a belt.
The torture did not stop there. The male suspects cut his clothing and his scalp with a knife and threatened to “shank” him while the female suspects laughed and one punched him.
Court documents reveal the suspects texted the victim’s family during the attack demanding $300 for his return.
For the last few months, Facebook has been running a multimedia advertising campaign on billboards, television and online encouraging users to try its video live-streaming product.
At no point does the company suggest using the tool to document torture, police brutality or spree killing—but that is precisely the reputation the tool has garnered.
Facebook expressly states that they do not allow objectionable groups, comments or images to appear on their web pages. They will actively search for and censor any pornographic or violent images. Their terms of service clearly state “You will not post content that is hateful, threatening, pornographic, or that contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.” In addition, “You will not use Facebook to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory.”
And yet 30 minutes of torture remained on Facebook’s domain without anyone interceding. The young man being tormented managed to escape his tormenters only after they left the apartment to confront the downstairs neighbor who complained about the noise they were making. Responding to a damaged property call at the female suspects’ building stemming from the neighbor’s door being kicked in, Chicago cops found the torture victim walking in the street dazed and bloodied and deprived of his meds.
The Daily Mail spoke with the victim’s aunt Friday morning. She said he just keeps saying, “Why? Why? Jordan (one of the suspects) was my friend.”
It may appear to you that I am finding fault with Facebook. In part I am. But the irrefutable reason this monstrous thing happened is because of a president who significantly aggravated racial animosity and widened the racial divide in this country.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said, “Race relations have always been tenuous in America. Slavery and discrimination have left an ugly scar on the soul of America. But that scar has been healing over the years. President Obama came along with sandpaper, rubbed it raw, and then poured salt in it to inflame it for political gain.”
The World’s Most Dangerous Community is not singularly indictable. His Democrat Party bears blame for stoking the narrative of racial injustice, baskets of deplorables, assertions Paul Ryan is a Nazi and a handful of celebrities and activists who are dedicated to opposing the president-elect.
In September 2007, the junior senator from Illinois was campaigning in New Hampshire and told Essence magazine, "I don't believe it is possible to transcend race in this country. Race is a factor in this society. The legacy of Jim Crow and slavery has not gone away. It is not an accident that African-Americans experience high crime rates, are poor, and have less wealth. It is a direct result of our racial history. As president, obviously the day I am inaugurated, the racial dynamics in this country will change to some degree. If you've got Michelle as first lady, and Malia and Sasha running around on the South Lawn, that changes how America looks at itself. It changes how White children think about Black children, and it changes how Black children think about Black children."
The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer has been aided for the last eight years by those who present a “narrative” that all white people are racist and all blacks are victimized by whites.
Is it any wonder about 4 in 10 blacks are doubtful that the US will ever achieve racial equality?
Thanks Obama. Thanks Martin Sheen. Thanks Michael Moore. Thanks Rosie O’Donnell.