by G. Brown
Cassandra Merlin posted photos of her son on Facebook and the images are enough to melt the coldest of most hearts. The pictures show the rope burns that now scar her son’s neck after some teens tried to lynch the boy from a tree.
Merlin said in the original post that “I don’t care if this was a so called accident or not. My son almost died because of little s**t teenage kids.” Was this just a case of 14 year old teens who let rough rousing go too far…was it a case of bullying? Merlin thinks it was neither, but a blatant case of racism against her bi-racial son.
Family members told a local New Hampshire news paper that the 8-year old was playing with the teens who started throwing rocks at him and calling him racial slurs. From there, the incident escalated to the teens tying a rope around the boy’s neck and allegedly trying to hang him from a tree. Merlin says, “It truly saddens me that even in a city so small, racism exists. My son used to love being able to go to the park with his older sister and shoot some hoops! Now, he’s not even allowed to go outside without me….sad that in a city we considered to be safe, we aren’t safe at all.”
The mom’s original Facebook post has been deleted, but the news of what happened to her son is spreading on social media and prompting outrage…
Is it it fair to blame Donald Trump for what happened this eight year old boy? Less than a week after last year’s presidential election, Time Magazine reported that racially charged clashes were already on the rise. Time said, “The Southern Poverty Law Center has counted more than 200 complaints of hate crimes since Election Day.” The article said mere days after Trump’s election, there was a rise in incidents of “vandalism, threats, intimidation spurred by the rhetoric surrounding Mr. Trump’s election.”
In the months since Trump has entered the White House, the LA Times reports “the [Southern Poverty] law center reported that its count of hate groups in the country increased for the second consecutive year and that the number of anti-Muslim organizations had nearly tripled within a year. It attributed the growth to “Trump’s incendiary rhetoric” on Muslims and the reaction to the June 2016 mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.”
So what happened to Merlin’s little boy is Trump’s fault. It may not have been his hands that put the rope on the child’s neck, but he inspired the hate in the hearts of White supremacists who are using their hands to carry out such atrocities.
The 8 year old boy will recover, his rope burns will heal and in time even the scars will fade, but the damage done to this country because of racism will never fade. Especially as justice over such hate crimes continues to fail its victims. Claremont New Hampshire Police are investigating this as a hate crime but refuse to say much because the attackers are juveniles who “need to be protected.” That’s justice these days….the attackers are protected while no one was there to protect an 8 year old boy who’s only crime was the color of is skin.