We are all sadly aware of the problem of racism. The trial of Charleston murderer Dylann Roof is making headlines. He stood before jurors yesterday and declared, "There's nothing wrong with me psychologically." I am not a psychologist, but I can say without any hesitation that there is a lot wrong with that young man's heart and it is called sin.
Unfortunately, we are often misled when it comes to race. Not only have many hate crimes turned out to be hoaxes, but the charge of racism is too often exploited by the left to silence normal conservative thought and opinion.
But the evidence is overwhelming. The sin of judging someone by their race knows no racial boundaries and evil comes in all colors.
We are reminded of that fact this morning by an extremely disturbing story breaking out of Chicago. Here are the basic facts:
Chicago police have arrested four black youths -- all adults -- for kidnapping and torturing a mentally disabled 18 year-old white man.
The victim was held against his will for perhaps as long as 48 hours.
One of the attackers live streamed video of the assault on Facebook. During the video another attacker is heard yelling, among other things, "F--- Trump!" and "F--- white people!"
Chicago police described the video as "sickening," and the evidence of what took place is absolutely clear. But at least initially, Chicago authorities and the media establishment hesitated to label the attack as a hate crime. One police commander described the four thugs as "young adults and they make stupid decisions."
I am pleased to report that common sense has prevailed. Prosecutors announced this afternoon that hate crimes charges, in addition to aggravated kidnapping and battery, have been filed against the four attackers.
I'm going to make a guess here: The individuals who tortured this young man didn't spend much time reading policy papers issued by the Trump or Clinton campaigns. I suspect they didn't read the platforms of the two political parties or watch the debates.
Their hatred of both Donald Trump and apparently of whites was, at least in part, hatred absorbed by the popular culture. These "young adults" and millions of other Americans are hearing constant messages of hate and bigotry from hip hop stars, entertainers and left-wing activists.
Their "stupid decisions" are the bitter fruit of the rhetorical excesses of the left, which became more pronounced over the Obama years. We have experienced increased racial discord, not the reconciliation that Obama promised and that the left claimed to be for.
When Donald Trump was told in an interview that some of his supporters harassed Hispanics and others, Trump looked into the camera and condemned such behavior, telling people, "Stop it!" I'll be eagerly listening today for Obama, Clinton or any major liberal media figure to say the same to young leftists in reaction to the growing violence we have experienced in recent years.
Waiting. . . Waiting. . . Waiting. . .