The silence of the race hustlers

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      Todd Starnes

      Todd Starnes is the host of Fox News & Commentary – a daily feature heard on hundreds of radio stations. He’s a regular contributor on Fox & Friends and Hannity, and is the author of <i>Dispatches From Bitter America</i>. His website is www.toddstarnes.com.

This horrific video shows a 13-year-old white boy in Gulfport, Florida being savagely beaten by three black classmates. They threw dozens of punches and when the boy tried to crawl underneath a seat, they unleashed a flurry of kicks and stomps.

Not a single person on board the bus tried to stop the brutal rampage as the trio of thugs broke the boy’s arm.

The school bus driver can be heard frantically calling a radio dispatcher for assistance as the boy screamed in pain and agony.

“No, you’ve got to send somebody here quick, quick, quick,” driver John Moody said. “They about to beat this boy to death over here.”

And yet, the driver did not intervene.

Oddly, the nation’s most prominent race hustlers have gone silent. There’s been nary a peep from the “Reverend” Al Sharpton. There’s not been so much as a rhyme from the “Reverend” Jesse Jackson.

No one has called for boycotts of Disney World or orange juice. There have been no marches, no picket signs. Not one person has called the town of Gulfport an “Apartheid State.”

Not a single owner of a failed women’s television network has likened the beating to Emmett Till.

The bus driver, who retired a few weeks after the attack, has defended his decision not to physically intervene in the altercation. He said he was following district policies that forbid drivers from getting involved.

“I would have had to go in there, be physical and pull the kids apart, risking the other kids’ safety, my safety,” he told the Tampa Bay Times. “It was just something that couldn’t be done.”

So he simply followed district policy and watched as a child was beaten senseless.

“I probably would have been arrested for pulling kids, and who knows, they might have turned around and started punching me,” he said.

Prosecutors decided not to charge the bus driver because in Pinellas County it’s not against the law to be a coward.