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Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton are Democrats without shame

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Gregory Kane,Columnists,Analysis,Trayvon Martin

Let it go, people. There exist a gaggle of malcontents hell bent on getting the likes of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and other assorted black misleaders to condemn the July 9 beating of a 13-year-old white boy in Florida.

The victim was riding a school bus from Lealman Intermediate School in St. Petersburg to, we can assume, his home. While on the bus, three black youths, all 15 years old, attacked the boy. According to police and news reports, the motive wasn't racial, but an offshoot of the "stop snitching" mentality running rampant among America's youth.

Earlier in the day, one of the alleged attackers tried to sell the victim a bag of marijuana. The 13-year-old boy reported the incident to school authorities. The trio of attackers beat the boy in retaliation for his reporting them.

The lack of a racial motivation aside, the malcontents are now howling for Sharpton, Jackson and others to condemn the attack. All were so quick to condemn the state of Florida, and make charges of racism and racial profiling, the malcontents assert, after George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the slaying of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black youth, in February of 2012.

I wish the malcontents luck in their endeavor. If they try really hard, they might get Sharpton to offer a few words of condemnation. That should happen about half past when hell freezes over. As for Jackson? He might end up praising the attackers, not condemning them.

Let me take you back eight years. The good Revvum Jackson was the keynote speaker at a Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore.

After his speech, in which he made several references to the police beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles and the riots in that city one year later, I decided to roll the dice with my sanity by asking Jackson a question.

Were the blacks that dragged white truck driver Reginald Denny from his vehicle during the 1992 riots and nearly beat him to death racists? This was his answer, and I kid you not.

"They were reacting to being victims of racism. They were driven by race. To be a racist, you have to have power. One cannot equate black fugitives from slavery fighting their slave masters as racists."

So the homicidal black thug that chucked a brick into Denny's skull wasn't a homicidal black thug at all, in Jackson's worldview. He was a fugitive slave - from the plantation known as Compton - rising up against his massa, Reginald Denny.

So, for Jackson, blacks beating up a white guy - either in Los Angeles back in 1992 or St. Petersburg, Fla., in 2013 - is a slave uprising, not a crime.

Jackson's response was as racist as it was idiotic; I still consider it the most egregious political comment to come down the pike in the 21st century.

But with his comment, Jackson did Republicans and conservatives a favor. Jackson proved, just in case we ever doubted it before, that Democrats have no shame whatsoever.

And why should they? A sense of shame would just get in the way of being a Democrat.

There were several black elected officials on hand when Jackson made his comments about Denny's attackers. None condemned his remarks then or afterward.

Current Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley - a Democrat so shameless that I've taken to calling him, on occasion, "Martin O'Shameless" - was mayor of Baltimore at the time. He didn't weigh in on Jackson's comment, either.

For those of you that think I'm being much too harsh in categorizing Democrats as the party that lacks shame, I ask you to consider just two words. Anthony Weiner. I rest my case.

GREGORY KANE, a Washington Examiner columnist, is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.

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