Ken Berwitz

From ABC News\’ Philadelphia affiliate we have this (in its entirety; too short to excerpt):

A homeless veteran, beaten at a gas station in the Olney section of Philadelphia nearly eight months ago, has died.

The incident at the Sunoco in the 5500 block of North 5th Street was captured by a surveillance camera on April 7th.

The video shows 51-year-old Robert Barnes being pummeled by teens with a hammer, a piece of wood and punches, after police say a 10-year-old boy told his mother he got into an argument with Barnes.

The attack left Barnes in a coma.

The boy\’s mother, 34-year-old Aleathea Gillard, has been charged in the case, along with 24-year-old Shareena Joachim.

Three juveniles were also arrested and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, simple assault and related offenses.

Police say those charges could be upgraded to murder after the district attorney returns from the Thanksgiving holiday.

If you want to see a video from the gas station\’s surveillance camera, click here. Warning: it is graphic, and depraved.

The video appears to be definitive in what it shows:  a mob – 6 for sure, possibly a 7th – running at the victim, Robert Barnes, and beating him with a hammer, an object described as a piece of wood, along with punching and kicking him while he is helpless on the ground.  The reason, we are told, is because he argued with a 10 year old boy.

Mr. Barnes spent over 7 months in a coma before dying, was White.  The attackers were Black.  

In that time, there was not, so far as I am aware, one protest march.  And now that he has died, I don\’t expect one either.  

But I do expect that, if such a march were to take place, and if marchers chanted “White Lives Matter” while refusing to say that “All Lives Matter”, they would immediately be called racists.

And, if I am right, what does this tell you about race relations in this country.  What does it tell you about #blacklivesmatter?  And how do you feel about it?

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