Columbia, SC — I take offense to Eugene Robinson’s July 13 column, “Trayvon Martin, black boys denied the right to be young.” Mr. Robinson says “The conversation we need to have is about how black men, even black boys, are denied the right to be young, to be vulnerable, to make mistakes.”
Mr. Robinson should tell us why a 16-year-old and two 18-year-olds (Lorenzo Young and Troy Stephenson) denied the rights of a 33-year-old mom (Kelly Hunnewell) to be a mom to her children. They shot her; she is no more.
What about the 4-year-old girl who was in her home with her mom and grandmother watching TV when she was shot in the upper body? Michael Gantt, 21, is charged with attempted murder, unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Also, 20-year-old Laquan Lamont Natt has been identified as a person of interest who might have information in the shooting. Is this a case of black boys/men being denied the right to be young, to be vulnerable, to make mistakes? Get real. These are losers and wannabes.
Where is the outrage from the black community? The NAACP? Jesse Jackson? Al Sharpton? I call this racism. The victims never had a chance. This is not prejudice. This is a crime.