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I’m throwing down a gauntlet. And I’m throwing it right at the feet of NAACP CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.

Protocol says that it’s Jealous who’s supposed to pick up that gauntlet. But if he doesn’t pick it up, I’ll pick it up.

And I just might pimp slap him with it.

I’m challenging Jealous to show as much concern for the soul of little Carter Scott as he did for the murderers on Maryland’s death row.

I’m challenging Jealous to show some kind of concern for little Carter’s surviving family members. I’m challenging Jealous to show some kind of outrage that little Carter Scott didn’t live to be older than 16 months.

And I’m challenging Jealous to make some kind of comment – vis-à-vis his support for Maryland’s abolishing the death penalty this year – about the criminal record of at least one of the suspects charged in little Carter’s murder.

The boy was riding with his father in a red Chevy the evening of May 25. It was around 7 p.m.

Rashaw Scott, Carter’s father, was parked near an apartment complex in a Baltimore neighborhood known as Cherry Hill. At least two men, possibly as many as three, fired no fewer than 16 shots into the car.

One of them hit little Carter. He died. His father was wounded but survived.

Baltimore police soon arrested two men and charged them with the boy’s murder. Their names are Cornell Harvey and Eddie Tarver. Harvey is 26; Tarver is 20.

Before I proceed, I have to point out that both Harvey and Tarver are entitled to a presumption of innocence. But if both are found guilty, then that makes the gauntlet I’m hurling at Jealous’ feet all the more appropriate.

I went to the web site http://www.courts.state.md and took the liberty of looking up the criminal records of both Harvey and Tarver. Both are what is called “known to the system.”

Harvey’s arrest record is the more extensive. He’s been arrested for drug possession, robbery, armed robbery, second-degree assault, possession of a firearm with a felony conviction, illegal carrying of a handgun.

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