December 12, 2007

• Lynch Mob Justice, Sure…

Posted in From The Blog-O-Sphere at 4:05 pm by Rid

Here we go, folks. I knew it was just a matter of time until someone injected the time honored and worn out whipping-boy of race into the Horn shooting, last month, in Texas. Note some of the buzz word pejoratives: “Lynch, Lynch Mob, Lynch Mob Justice.” How evocative.

Go to halfafrican.blogspot for more “enlightenment.”

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Lynch Mob Justice

I only just heard about this incident at Field Negro yesterday, or I would have posted on it earlier. A man named Joe Horn in Texas shot two men in the back with a shotgun because they were burglarizing his neighbor’s home. The transcript of the 9/11 call Horn made just before shooting Miguel Antonio Dejesus and Diego Ortiz in the back reveals a man itching to pull the trigger:

Horn: He’s coming out the window right now, I gotta go, buddy. I’m sorry, but he’s coming out the window.
Dispatcher: Don’t, don’t — don’t go out the door. Mr. Horn? Mr. Horn?
Horn: They just stole something. I’m going after them, I’m sorry.
Dispatcher: Don’t go outside.
Horn: I ain’t letting them get away with this s–t. They stole something. They got a bag of something.
Dispatcher: Don’t go outside the house.
Horn: I’m doing this.
Dispatcher: Mr. Horn, do not go outside the house.
Horn: I’m sorry. This ain’t right, buddy.
Dispatcher: You’re going to get yourself shot if you go outside that house with a gun, I don’t care what you think.
Horn: You want to make a bet?
Dispatcher: OK? Stay in the house.
Horn: They’re getting away!
Dispatcher: That’s all right. Property’s not worth killing someone over, OK?
Horn: [curses]
Dispatcher: Don’t go out the house. Don’t be shooting nobody. I know you’re pissed and you’re frustrated, but don’t do it.
Horn: They got a bag of loot.
Dispatcher: OK. How big is the bag … which way are they going?
Horn: I’m going outside. I’ll find out.
Dispatcher: I don’t want you going outside, Mr. Horn.
Horn: Well, here it goes, buddy. You hear the shotgun clicking and I’m going.
Dispatcher: Don’t go outside.
Horn: [yelling] Move, you’re dead!

Some people in Texas see Horn as a “hero,” and have represented him as “acting in self defense.” Horn’s neighbors came to his defense after “The New Black Panthers” rallied on behalf of Dejesus and Ortiz:

Residents and Horn supporters waved American flags and carried signs reading, “We love our neighbor for protecting our neighbors” and “Burglary is a risky business.”

Motorcyclist Aaron “Blowout” Morrow, 43, and dozens of his fellow bikers lined Timberline, loudly revving their engines each time Quanell X attempted to speak.

“I support our rights as Americans to protect ourselves and support our Second Amendment rights,” Morrow said.
[…]

“We’re just citizens standing up for another citizen who chose to protect himself,” West said.

Supporters came from as far away as Onalaska and from all corners of Harris County.

Many took photographs and videos of the event. Most were outraged at the protest of Horn and the insinuation that race played a factor in the shooting.

Race may or may not have played a factor in the shooting. My feeling is that it did. But race certainly has played a factor in the aftermath and reaction of the community. One local described the protest as a “race riot”.

Numerous Pasadena police officers were on hand during the confrontation as were members of the SERT, Special Event Response Team, in riot gear but no arrests were made.

“I just can’t believe that we’ve got a race riot going on in our neighborhood,” said Michelle Howell, who lives several doors down from Horn.

“First of all, this is a quiet place, secondly we’ve got neighbors of all different races. This has nothing to do with race.”

It never does, does it?

If it has nothing to do with race, why describe a peaceful protest as a “race riot”? Because this woman, who “has black neighbors” is afraid of the sight of more than three or four black people gathering together at one time?
Field Negro describes the mob’s reaction most accurately:

Remember that old joke? Where the old southern law man comes upon the body of a black man hanging in a tree with a shotgun blast to the back of his head? And he spits out his chewing tobacco and says: “Damn, worse case of suicide I done ever seen.”

Glenn Beck has lauded the folks in Texas, ironically enough, for being “ahead of the country”.

GLENN: Good. I told you the first day this happened, I asked you and you confirmed. Do you see Joe Horn as a rallying point for the disenfranchised in Texas? My theory or my thesis is America needs to pay attention to Texas because Texas is way ahead of the rest of the country.

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Here’s hoping that Glenn Beck’s fantasy of Joe Horn justice being a national phenomenon never comes to pass…again. So much for Christianity and turning the other cheek huh? Glenn Beck probably has a picture of Emmitt Till’s corpse hanging from his rear view window.

Let’s be clear on this: It was not self-defense. Horn was not defending himself, or even his own property. He left his house rather than wait for the police to handle the situation and shot the two men before they even had a chance to react. Ortiz and Dejesus were committing an illegal act, but their 14th Amendment rights to due process under the law were violated when Horn murdered them with a shotgun. This is lynch mob justice. The penalty for burglary is not execution. Whatever local laws Texas has regarding defending your own property or someone else’s property with lethal force do not supersede Ortiz and Dejesus’ rights to a fair trial.

I don’t make a habit of defending “The New Black Panthers,” who I put in quotes because I find any comparison between them and the original BPP insulting. They are racist and anti-Semitic, and in general, quite useless.

But they didn’t shoot anyone in the back.

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