22 March 2010

Today's News in the People's Republic of America

Racist jokes and rude behavior are wrong. In polite society, they get you ostracized. In a moral society, they are denounced.

In the People's Republic,
they get you arrested. Free speech does not exist.

Police: Boy, 16, made racial comment at NJ Walmart

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. - A 16-year-old boy who police said made an announcement at Walmart ordering all black people in a southern New Jersey store to leave was charged with harassment and bias intimidation, authorities said Saturday.

The boy, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, grabbed one of the courtesy phones at Walmart's Washington Township store Sunday evening and calmly announced: "Attention, Walmart customers: All black people, leave the store now," police said.

The teen was arrested Friday and released to the custody of his parents; police did not know whether he had a lawyer.

"This was an extremely disturbing event on many levels," Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton said at a news conference. "Any statements like these that can cause harm or grave concern must be addressed as quickly we possibly can."

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The 16-year-old has been charged with harassment and bias intimidation.

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3 comments:

Peggy said...

That's terrible. The only charges he should have faced would have to do with "trespassing" or messing with (to use a technical term) private property of Walmart's and perhaps harming WM's reputation.

Southern Guy said...

What is bias intimidation? I have never heard of a law against that?

I hope the black people at Walmart weren't harassed. They were most likely rolling their eyes at the punk.

This should never have been news and the boy should never have been arrested, just whipped by his dad. It was a thoughtless prank. Would he have been arrested if he had said, "All German people leave the store now?"

Preston said...

THIS MOMENTOUS DAY!

Not one day in anyone’s life is an uneventful day, no day without profound meaning, no matter how dull and boring it might seem, no matter whether you are a seamstress or a queen, a shoeshine boy or a movie star, a renowned philosopher or a Down’s syndrome child.

Because in every day of your life, there are opportunities to perform little kindnesses for others, both by conscious acts of will and unconscious example.

Each smallest act of kindness - even just words of hope when they are needed, the remembrance of a birthday, a compliment that engenders a smile - reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it’s passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away.

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All human lives are so profoundly and intricately entwined - those dead, those living, those generations yet to come - that the fate of all is the fate of each, and the hope of humanity rests in every heart and in every pair of hands.

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Every hour in every life contains such often-unrecognized potential to affect the world that the great days for which we, in our dissatisfaction, so often yearn are already with us; all great days and thrilling possibilities are combined always in THIS MOMENTOUS DAY! - Reverend H.R. White

Excerpt from Dean Koontz’s book, “From the Corner of His Eye”.

It embodies the idea of how the smallest of acts can have such a profound effect on each of our lives.