This is one of my NO BARS HOLD blog posts.
I am always up late, so at 2:30 this morning I finally decided to watch the Chicago torture video. In case you are unaware of what I am referring to, this is the video where 4 African-Americans, 2 males and 2 females, tortured a white, special needs male for hours. One of the female suspects live streamed it on Facebook.
I literally cried and gasped during the nearly half-hour long video, only pausing it twice to watch CNN’s Don Lemon and a panel of commentators discuss this heinous act. It is actually beyond horrific.
I am the mother of a special needs child. My 10 year-old son has a rare disease called Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). He also has Autism and a multitude of health issues. So as a special needs mom, I know exactly what that young man and his family are going through right now.
I definitely feel it is a hate crime, especially with one of the attackers yelling, “Fuck Donald Trump” and “Fuck white people.” They repeatedly called him “nigger.” But I also feel what they did is more than just a hate crime. What those four imbeciles did was a COWARDLY act. Those no good, sorry ass clowns are merely cowards. Not only what they did was wrong, but they kidnapped and tortured a person from the vulnerable population (children, elderly, disabled).
We need to stop being divided as to whether that senseless act is a hate crime or not because to me, it’s just a CRIME. I just read the attackers are being charged with a hate crime, felony aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, residential burglary, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. I hope they get the book thrown at them. Truthfully, I want them to receive the maximum sentence for each charge they face, even if it means locked up and never seeing daylight again.
My heart nearly dropped to the floor as I watched that Chicago torture video. Tears flowed heavily down my face.
I have two children, sons ages 14 and 10 (special needs as mentioned above). My oldest told me that he heard about the video but that he’s not going to watch it. I talked to him about it today, telling him some of the events that took place and he ignored me. So I stopped talking.
You see, my boys aggravate each other, but they also love each other. The oldest bothers his little brother all the time, but at the same time he is very protective of him, and is ready to fight at any given moment over him.
If you are reading this and are special needs or the caregiver of a special needs child or adult, then you definitely understand where I’m coming from.
As I step down from my soapbox, I would like to say that I might sound harsh in this blog post but guess what? I don’t care. What those cowards did was senseless. Pure evil. Not only did they disrespect that young man and his family, they DISRESPECTED the ENTIRE SPECIAL NEEDS COMMUNITY. Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, physically challenged, mentally challenged, etc. When one hurts, we all hurt because the special needs community is one big family.