“Only in America can a dead black boy go on trial for his own murder.” – Syreeta McFadden
Since the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin, Racist Tea Partiers, gun-nuts, and their ilk have desperately scoured the internet attempting to find any way to equate black on white crime in order to smear the dead Trayvon Martin, his supporters, and especially President Obama.
One of the most egregious examples of the lies went viral on disgusting Tea Party-type right-wing sites, as well as in the corporate right-wing media. It’s the story of the alleged botched robbery of a white woman from Georgia at the hands of two black teens which resulted in the death of an infant.
Here’s a post from the Tea Party Conservatives Of America Facebook group:
The post reads:
“You won’t recognize me. My name was Antonio West and I was the 13-month old child who was shot at point blank range by two teens who were attempting to rob my mother, who was also shot. A Grand Jury of my mommy’s peers from Brunswick GA determined the teens who murdered me will not face the death penalty…too bad I was given a death sentence for being innocent and defenseless.
My family made the mistake of being white in a 73% non-white neighborhood, but my murder was not ruled a Hate Crime. Nor did President Obama take so much as a single moment to acknowledge my murder.
I am one of the youngest murder victims in our Nation’s history, but the media doesn’t care to cover the story of my tragic demise, President Obama has no children who could possibly look like me – so he doesn’t care and the media doesn’t care because my story is not interesting enough to bring them ratings so they can sell commercial time slots.
There is not a white equivalent of Al Sharpton because if there was he would be declared racist, so there is no one rushing to Brunswick GA to demand justice for me. There is no White Panther party to put a bounty on the lives of those who murdered me. I have no voice, I have no representation and unlike those who shot me in the face while I sat innocently in my stroller – I no longer have my life.
So while you are seeking justice for Trayvon, please remember to seek justice for me too. Tell your friends about me, tell you families, get tee shirts with my face on them and make the world pay attention, just like you did for Trayvon.
Sherry West, 42,the mother of baby Antonio Santiago who was killed on March 14, 2013, told CNN’s Piers Morgan she wants the alleged teen killers to die during an on-camera interview. “A life for a life,” she said.
De’Marquis Elkins, 17, and Dominique Lang, 15, were arrested and charged with murdering the 13-month-old. Their trial was set for this August 19th.
It was reported back in March that Sherry West’s daughter, Ashley Glassey didn’t believe her mother’s story about the death of her baby brother after receiving a phone call from West telling her that her brother, Antonio had been killed. Glassey claims the night of the shooting her mother asked, “How soon do you think life insurance policy will send me a check?”
“She changed her story she told me the baby was shot first and then she told me she was shot first,” said Glassey.
Elkins’ and Lang’s public defender Jonathan Lockwood, uncovered some disturbing evidence: Both Sherry West and Louis Santiago, baby Antonio’s father tested positive for gun shot residue. Louis Santiago was not anywhere near the crime scene according to Sherry West.
CBS News obtained a copy of the state’s forensic report, which concluded, “This supports the possibility that [Louis Santiago] discharged a firearm, was in close proximity to a firearm upon discharge, or came into contact with an item whose surface bears GSR [gunshot residue].”
This wouldn’t be the first time a white woman blamed an horrible murder or other crime on black men. Many will remember Susan Smith, who falsely accused a black man of killing her children in South Carolina.
Right-wingers should address their own racism rather than desperately seek to find equivalences, which usually turn out to be lies and/or false equivalences. And it’s definitely time for them to stop smearing Trayvon Martin.
Watch this video from West’s appearance on the Piers Morgan show:
Watch the video of West’s daughter questioning her mother’s story about the murder of her brother Antonio: