A debate has erupted on X over whether the death of a 15-year-old white Las Vegas boy who was severely beaten by 15 other boys is related to race.
Jonathan Lewis Sr., the father of Jonathan Lewis Jr., told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Friday that his son was attacked near Rancho High School on Nov. 1st after he “stood up for one of his smaller friends.”
“A couple [of people] attacked him, and they weren’t able to hurt him enough, and they all attacked him at once,” Lewis Sr. added.
Lewis Jr. was subsequently hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after local authorities found him bleeding from the head.
About a week later on Tuesday, Nov. 7th, the boy died.
While the police have yet to identify any suspects, video footage of the attack shows what appear to be a number of black boys attacking Lewis Jr.
A dozen blacks stomped a white teen to death
Help me find the video from this story
DO NOT LET THIS STORY DIE!!!!!
— TheXReportCard (@TheXReportCard) November 11, 2023
Note what the critic above wrote about how there would be nationwide riots right now if the races had been reversed and 15 white boys had attacked a black boy.
Responding to this tweet, left-wing commentator Brian Krassenstein rushed in to chastise “End Wokeness” and others for making this case about race.
“It’s horrible that this kid was killed. I can not imagine what his family is going through right now. Yes, he was white and those who beat him were black. This fight had no indication, that I am aware of, of having anything to do with race. I just find it ironic that the ‘End Wokeness’ account that constantly complains that “woke people make everything about race,” is making this tragedy all about race,” he tweeted.
“Remember this kid for who he is, and stop trying to turn his death into some kind of circus. Unless those he fought with were attacking him because of his skin color, stop making it about skin color. I would say the exact same thing if the roles were reversed. In closing, what happened to this kid is horrible and I hope the people who did this get the book thrown at them,” he added.
It’s horrible that this kid was killed. I can not imagine what his family is going through right now.
Yes, he was white and those who beat him were black. This fight had no indication, that I am aware of, of having anything to do with race.
I just find it ironic that the… https://t.co/m9IFiJWmUl
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) November 12, 2023
Krassenstein’s arguments were not well met, with many critics arguing that he was missing the point — which isn’t that Lewis Jr. was attacked because of the color of skin, but rather that his murder is receiving scant national media attention precisely because of the color of his skin.
“Here’s what you don’t get. If this kid was black and those who killed him were white it would be on every news channel 24/7. Fact is it would not be treated the same,” one critic wrote.
“You are missing the point. It’s not about the motivation for the crime, it is about why there isn’t more media coverage,” another critic added.
See more responses below:
Why is the media ALWAYS silent about it when its black on white but report on it and make it a national issue when it’s the other way around Brian?
— Right Angle News Network (@Rightanglenews) November 12, 2023
If this had been a back student, we would have had Mostly Peaceful businesses burning and non-stop media coverage of the story.
Reverse racism exists.
— Robin Valencia (@rvalen81) November 12, 2023
The media 100% plays into the race baiting, it’s get the most views and clicks and if you say otherwise you’re lying to yourself and your part of the problem. Has anyone been arrested over this incident yet?
— CryptoJD (@CryptoJD_1) November 12, 2023
End wokeness brings up this issue because if the race shoe was on the other foot Biden, Kamala, “the squad”, and good old Al would be telling people to riot in the streets
Instead, they are all silent.
— ElectricTo11 (@ElectricTo11) November 12, 2023
Is @EndWokeness wrong?
If you watch the patterns with the MSM, it hold some validity.
Sad yes and thankfully people on his channel as well as your followers will now see it and think about it.
Society is crumbling as we speak and something dramatic has to happen to get it…
— Kagens Looking Glass ™ (@KagensNews) November 12, 2023
Lewis Sr. for his part just hopes something, anything positive develops out of his son’s death.
“Violence just begets more violence and these children don’t even know what they’re doing half the time. I hope there’s a way that can find forgiveness in their heart and find a way to be able to come to terms with what they’ve done,” he told local station KLAS.
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