Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Four teens charged with beating of black FIU student

On the heels of the Jena controversy, this incident is troubling. One questio sure to follow: if this beating of a black teenager by white youngsters is a hate crime, was the beating of a white teenager by black teenagers also a hate crime?

As we observe the anniversary of the historic forced integration of Cental High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, is it time to ask: how do we not fan flames of hatred and division?

Four teenagers have been charged with a hate crime, accused of the beating and attempted drowning of a black college student at Haulover Beach Park Marina over the weekend.

After calling him the N-word, the teens beat Florida International University freshman Stephen Barrett with a baseball bat and tried to drown him in the Intracoastal Waterway, Miami-Dade police said.

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