Dawn Turner Trice argues for examining the shades of gray in this case.
Should morally principled people exert themselves analyzing the shadings of moral degeneracy? Do you crave justice more for Iraq's Shia thugs than you crave it for Iraq's Sunni thugs? Was
cracker Justin Barker beaten to a bloody pulp or was he merely battered and bruised? Did Barker hang the nooses on the “white’s only” tree or was he merely a friend of the primitive punks who hung those nooses? Did Barker provoke his attackers by ridiculing the black student who was beaten by his friends? Did the berserk black students actually intend to beat Barker to death or did they merely intend to beat him to within an inch of his life? Which thugs received harsher treatment and what role did race play in determining whose evil would draw the harshest treatment?
It is difficult to care about a situation in which all involved appear to have acted in a morally repugnant manner. Without a scintilla of evidence that anyone involved in this, white or black, attempted to navigate these events using a working moral compass, it doesn't seem quite right to worry from afar about the refined application of justice.