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Chicago Torture Video Highlights Media Double Standard on Hate

A Chicago landmark. Four Chicago teens allegedly brutally attacked a disabled peer.
A Chicago landmark. Four Chicago teens allegedly brutally attacked a disabled peer. (REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Four African-Americans allegedly brutally tortured a mentally disabled white man and broadcast the gruesome attack on Facebook Live this week. All the while, they taunted the terrified victim with a torrent of profanities—cursing President-elect Donald Trump and white people.

"(Expletive) Donald Trump" and "(Expletive) white people," the predators can be heard screaming as they slapped and punched and stomped the man's head. At one point, they made the victim drink from a toilet.

He allegedly was forced at knife-point by his captors to curse Trump and every anguishing moment was live-streamed to the world.

Chicago police said the victim was a classmate of one of the attackers.

The four suspects are facing felony charges, including hate crimes and kidnapping. But Chicago police initially downplayed reports Wednesday night that the attack was racially motivated.

"At this point, we don't have anything concrete to point us in that direction," Police Supt. Eddie Johnson told reporters.

A video of the suspects attempting to scalp a man while shouting "(Expletive) white people" isn't concrete evidence?

And while the police were trying their best to tone down the racial motivations of the attackers, the mainstream media was trying to whitewash their skin color.

It took the Washington Post nine paragraphs to get around to the skin color of the attackers.

"In the video, the attackers appear black," the Post reported. 

In initial reports on the crime Wednesday night the Associated Press did not even think it was important to divulge the race of the attackers or the victim. Nor did they report on the alleged racist taunting of the suspects.

While White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the beating showed "a level of depravity that is an outrage to a lot of Americans," the Justice Department has been noticeably silent—but it's not all that surprising. The alleged brutal torture of a mentally disabled man at the hands of four African-American suspects doesn't quite fit their narrative on race in America.

Had this been a case of four white suspects attempting to scalp a black man, I can assure you the response from the mainstream media and the professional race agitators would be quite different.

In November, a white man was punched and kicked by African-American suspects and dragged down a Chicago street while bystanders heckled him with anti-Trump rhetoric.

"You voted Trump," "Beat his (expletive)," "Don't vote Trump," they yelled.

The mainstream media and the White House and the Justice Department pretty much ignored that attack too. It's that narrative thing.

Todd Starnes is host of "Fox News & Commentary," heard on hundreds of radio stations. Sign up for his American Dispatch newsletter, be sure to join his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter. His latest book is God Less America.

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