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For those of you unfamiliar with Carter Strange, he’s a 19-year-old white kid who was nearly beaten to death last spring in downtown Columbia, S.C. by a mob of black teenagers (led by 19-year-old Thyeem Henrey).

Strange barely survived this attempted lynching – and has had to undergo multiple surgeries to repair the damage done to his face (and his brain) as a result of the attack. His family? They’ve inherited a huge stack of unpaid medical bills.

Does it matter that Strange is white and his attackers were black? No … although we don’t expect the Southern Poverty Law Center to chime in on Strange’s assault anytime soon.

The only thing that matters is whether justice is done in Strange’s case.

So far, Henrey and 17-year-old Yahquann Gantt are the only two assailants facing real consequences for their actions in the aftermath of this savage attack. The other six assailants – whose names have been withheld by the press – are likely to face charges in juvenile court.

Is that fair? It certainly doesn’t seem so …

There’s a Facebook page – “Justice for Carter Strange” – which is rallying public support for this young man and his family while insisting that his attackers face real consequences. In fact the group has even started an online petition to S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley demanding that she “hold the criminals responsible for this savage beating accountable.”

We agree …

Thugs of any color should be locked up, period … and it is our humble belief that if a 14-year-old is capable of “doing the crime,” then he or she ought to be capable of “doing the time” as well.

Some websites have attempted to play up the racial component of the Carter Strange case … which we think misses the point. The point is that we’re filling our jails in this country with non-violent drug offenders while people who commit crimes like this are shown leniency – which of course only encourages them to commit similar crimes in the future.

That’s wrong no matter what color the offenders’ skin happens to be …

Having said that, we would strongly encourage groups that decry “hate crimes” in America to show the same level of indignation in responding to the Carter Strange saga that they have shown in responding to other crimes.

Otherwise they’re every bit as racist as the people they’re seeking to expose.

Pic: Columbia Sun