Aren’t predators savage?

Anyone remember the two teenaged armed robbers who were killed when the manager of the store didn’t take too lightly to being rushed while he was clearing his cash register of the day’s proceeds? Well, the cowardly apologists for predators and racial hatred have appeared. Let me present for your pleasure their comments with my punctuated commentary.

To get you up to speed if you aren’t familiar with the story of our two misguided youths:

Robbers shot dead

Teen robbers had records

An now for our token apologist, enter:

Teen robbers not ‘savages’
by LaKeisha Gantt

I would like to respond to two recent comments (Letters, Jan. 28 and Jan. 30) regarding the Jan. 24 robbery of Shoat’s Grocery and Package Store in Oglethorpe County, in which two teenagers were fatally shot by the store owners.

You mean two predators were killed while committing an armed robbery.

It is a sad day when someone thinks killing another person is to be “commended” (Letters, Jan. 28). I do not condone the actions of the two young men, but am still saddened two lives were lost. I have seen them referred to as “teenage hoodlums” (Letters, Jan. 30) and “savages” (Letters, Jan. 28). What strong words to use for someone presumably unknown to the writers.

We know these two young men. They were predators-in-training. They thought they were at the top of the food chain. Alas, the worms are king of the heap.

What needs to be done in light of this is to take a look at how we help our kids. Most of us don’t reach out to others outside our race; we become complacent and overlook the importance of embracing differences and offering all kids a chance at getting an education, not being excluded and thus having better options for their lives.

The only people responsible for those two young men’s lack of opportunity are their parents who denied those young men an appreciation for education, an honest work ethic and this life.

Who is to blame for this? I think we all would agree there is much to be done on all our parts to encourage kids to become better citizens.

Your not going to get away with blaming us for the failure of those kids and their parents, sister!

“Savages,” you say? I say the two teens were, in part, choosing one of few options presented to them to survive in such a cruel and unfair world. My thoughts and prayers go out to all families involved.

Oh, so that’s what got you so upset and racially sensitive. Someone called the two young black men ‘savages’ and so you are coming to the rescue of these rotten spawn. Aren’t predators savages? And isn’t crime an evil regardless of the perpetrators race? Careful, your resentment is showing.

You’ve got a serious problem with realtiy, if you think that crime is justified–if you are young, black and predatory in a harsh, cruel world. On second thought, if you are a savage, survival of the fittest is the law of the natural world–the world you operate. And thus you are an animal–no longer a man–you can expect to be shot by men when they feel threatened.

Here’s another interesting reply to Ms. Gantt’s racially motivated defense of the criminals in question that I found in the Athens Banner…Blame for robbers’ deaths falls on parents’ shoulders

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