Update #2, 3/7/12, "Was Boy in K.C. Fire Attack a Victim of His School's Racist Teaching?" American Thinker, S. Duke
Update, 3/4/12, "'This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve, white boy.'" NY Daily News, "Teenagers poured gasoline on boy walking home from school and set him on fire: cops," M. Duerson
The article doesn't mention the 13 year old victim and his parents are white but that was seen in a local tv report. The mother said police told her it was a hate crime but media aren't interested in helping the community by finding out what kind of hate crime it was so another child might avoid being set on fire.
2/28/12, "Boy Set on Fire by Teens in East Side Neighborhood," fox4KC.com, Eric Burke
Kansas City, Mo. — "A 13-year-old spent some time in the emergency room on Tuesday night as a result of being burned. The boy was set on fire by a couple of older teens.
The victim is a student at East High School and regularly walks home after class. When he reached his porch, two older teens grabbed him, pinned his arms behind his back and then poured gas from a gas can on the boy. They then set the boy on fire.
The two boys ran and the teen ripped his shirt over his head and patted the fire out. His parents say they can’t believe it.
“We were told it’s a hate crime,” said the boy’s mother. “They essentially followed him home, they told him he got what he deserved. He’s 13 years old.”
The boy and his parents talked with Kansas City police detectives while he was being treated at Children’s Mercy. His parents hope someone at school will hear about what happened so they can find the teens that set him on fire. They plan to press charges.
The family says they’re not sure if or when their son will return to East High School."
3/1/12, "The Hate That Dare Not Speak Its Name," American Thinker, Jack Cashill
Not surprisingly, the racially squeamish Kansas City Star did not include this story in the "Start Smart 10 hot topics" it sent out on Thursday morning. Nor could I find it among the 50 or so stories posted on the front page of its web site, several of which had to do with fires, like "KC Man accused of setting fire to friend's Habitat House." Of course, had the victim been a racial minority or gay, this would have been headline news locally or even nationally....
Eager for change, many of my old neighbors voted for Barack Obama. They hoped that the unspoken divisions would mend. Alas, they have not. The discourse has grown more dishonest, the accusers more shrill, and "hope" has gone out the window."...