Thursday, March 28, 2013

3 (of the 6) Teens Plead Guilty in Senseless Ohio Beating

3 Teens in Ohio who jumped an innocent man, have plead guilty and avoided an aggravated riot charge and the serious youthful offender stipulation that would have sentenced them under a blend of juvenile and adult guidelines.

Have you seen this national story about the 6 Teens in Ohio who senselessly and severely beat an innocent unemployed man who was walking home from a local convenient store to watch a ball game?

Probably not.

Here is the link to the USA Today story.

What's remarkable to me, Paul Gozzo, is not so much that these 6 teens jumped an innocent man. Senseless violence happens every day in American Society. No, what I am curious about is why the color of the man who was jumped is not in the subject of the title, nor is the color of the boys who jumped that innocent man. I stand corrected really because I have been saying for some time now that I wish the journalists who break stories could leave the color of the skin and the nationality of people out of the story lines these days. In this case they did, but now, I have to ask why?

Three quarters of the way through the story you will learn that the man was white and the boys who jumped him were black. Do you think there would be more publicity surrounding this story if the innocent man walking was black and the boys white?

The journalists commenting do a great job of adding that this is absolutely not a hate crime and the police officials support this notion. I still have to ask, would this be the case if the races of the men involved were different?

Would the Zimmerman case be national news if the race of those involved was different?

I can't help but feel that the press fuels the racism topic in our country and for what, to sell newspapers?

Does this blog now make me a racist?

That couldn't be further from the truth.

Oh, and by the way, racism does go other ways. In other words it isn't always white against black.


Let's not forget some important truths in this story. 6 teens jumped and brutally beat an innocent Ohio man sending him to the hospital for a few days. So far, not much has happened to the youths other than an explanation that they were "bored" and "looking for something to do" according to the police report.

Oh, and by the way, that man's name is Pat Mahaney and he was hospitalized for four days suffering so many internal injuries that doctors had to insert a tube down his throat to remove all the blood from his stomach.

Paul Gozzo

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