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What if the 20 children killed in Sandy Hook were black?

Eddie Nimibutr is the owner of Thai Noodle House in Austin, Texas.

Thai Noodle House

Eddie Nimibutr is causing quite an uproar because he posted this on Facebook:

Eddie Limibutr

That has led to a call to boycott Nimibutr’s Thai Noodle House.

The Blaze reports that after posting the incendiary message, Nimibutr claimed that many people responded by threatening him with “violence.” So he wrote another post in an attempt to clarify his initial rant. His follow-up post seemed to backpedal from his initial statement that he doesn’t “care if a bunch of white kids got killed”:

“I have stated throughout the years in my beliefs with millions in cut to mental health programs, school programs, after school programs. Years after years, thousands of kids in juvenile detention centers. Hundreds of them hungry tonight and have no places to sleep. Thousands are mentally and sexually abused by someone they know.”

Much as I detest Nimibutr’s “I don’t care if a bunch of white kids got killed,” I think he does has something of a point.

Would we be as upset and engaged in a national soul searching and a renewed gun-control debate, if the 20 children shot to death in Sandy Hill Elementary School were black instead of white?

Is it because we are accustomed to violence among blacks? And if so, does that mean we devalue blacks and care less about their murders, even if little black children were killed?

In July, our DCG did a post on Chicago’s gun violence. The month of December is not yet over, but Chicago’s homicide rate for 2012 is already 490. According to Wikipedia, in 2005, 75% of murders in Chicago involved a firearm, and the vast majority of homicide victims (76%) were African American.

Why aren’t CNN’s Don Lemon, MSNBC’s Ed Shultz, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Diane Feinstein, and Chicago’s own mayor Rahm Emanuel not in an uproar — as they are about Sandy Hook — about all the blacks killed in Chicago and in other heavily black-populated cities of America?

H/t FOTM’s Miss May.