- The Washington Times - Friday, August 9, 2013

Former Florida Rep. Allen West had harsh words of criticism for nationally known civil rights activists like Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton, who have remained silent on a video showing black teens beating a white boy, 13, on a school bus: “Ya’ll just make me sick.”

The video, which went viral this past week, depicts a July 9 assault on a Pinellas County school bus. Three black teenage boys, all age 15, beat a white boy, while the bus driver — who has since resigned — tries to verbally halt the altercation but does not physically intervene.

The beating, it was later reported, was due to the victim’s report to school authorities that one of the videotaped assailants tried to sell drugs to him.

The boy suffered a broken arm and two black eyes. And the three 15-year-olds, identified in Sunshine State News as Joshua Reddin, Julian McKnight and Lloyd Khemradj, fled but were later caught by police and charged with aggravated battery. Joshua also reportedly faces unarmed robbery charges, Sunshine State News said.

Now Mr. West wants to know why Stevie Wonder — who announced a boycott on concerts in Florida to support shooting victim Trayvon Martin and repeal of “stand your ground” gun laws — isn’t speaking out against the three assailants, demanding justice for the white victim. And he wants to know where Mr. Jackson and Mr. Sharpton are — given especially Mr. Jackson’s slam of Florida as an “apartheid state” for the acquittal of George Zimmerman, Sunshine State News reported.

“Three 15-year-old black teens beat up a 13-year-old white kid because he told school officials they tried to sell him drugs,” Mr. West said, earlier this week, Sunshine State News reported. “Do you hear anything from Sharpton, Jackson, NAACP. Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, liberal media or Hollywood? Cat got your tongues, or is it that pathetic hypocrisy revealing itself once again? Ya’ll just make me sick.”

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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