We seldom see those stories in the news because they seldom happen.
To make their case for white racism, the left reaches far in past. It is there, beyond the horizon of time where few bother to fact check, that such stories emerge. The intent is to stigmatize white people as damnable and heartless racists.
While the stories that never happened are frequently told, the stories that frequently happen are never told; at least not by the national media.
Such is the case of a beloved homeless man whose fond memory is recalled by friends and family.
Jerome P. Harte, 60, had fallen on hard times. His home was the streets of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. His bed was bench in George English Park. It was there that Harte was beaten to death and his body rolled in a nearby river.
Five young people were arrested. Call them a lynch mob if you will, but don't expect to hear about this group in a civics class or cable news network. The murder of a 'privileged' white male by black thugs simply doesn't fit the narrative presented by cultural Marxism.
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On the day the body of Jerome P. Harte and all of his worldly possessions were pulled from the Middle River, he was described by police as a transient adult male.
He was 60 years old, a homeless homicide victim, and on the streets of this city, seemed largely forgotten.
But in his hometown of Scranton, Pa., Jerry Harte is well-remembered for his winning smile and an irresistible charm.
"Oh, he was just a sweetheart of a guy," said Barb Mattes. "I went to a sorority dance with him. He was so handsome."
Once active in a social group of friends from Scranton who moved to Fort Lauderdale decades ago, Harte had slowly drifted out of the circle and disappeared, said Jan Henry.
"I know his cell phone didn't work anymore and I had not heard from him in about five years," said Henry, a yacht broker who splits time between Fort Lauderdale and Scranton.
Five people have been arrested in connection with Harte's death. David Harrison, 24, Ashley Barrientos, 24, and Brian Rhoomes, 20, all homeless, and Jean Cyma, 19, and Debraysia Fulton, 17, both of Fort Lauderdale, each face one count of murder.
According to detectives, Harrison and Barrientos had threatened Harte prior to finding him in George English Park, in the 1100 block of Bayview Drive, early on the morning on Jan. 5. A witness also told investigators that he heard the pair threaten to beat Harte, who slept in the park, and throw him and his possessions into the water, according to a police affidavit.
On Jan. 6, Harrison's mother called police and said her son had confessed to taking part in the murder. Taken into custody, Harrison admitted his role in the slaying, police said.
Fulton admitted rolling Harte's body into the water, investigators said.
Henry said Harte's death has shaken many in Scranton, who remembered him as a Cub Scout, then a Boy Scout, and as a youngster who played baseball and the accordion. At Scranton Central High School, he acted in school plays and became an excellent billiards player.
He also had a way with the girls, friends recalled.
"Jerry was my senior prom date in 1972, and needless to say his arrival in top hat, tails, gloves and cane was quite a sight," classmate Katie Cummings Rosler recalled in a posting on a funeral home website.
After moving to South Florida in the 1980s Harte married and lived in Oakland Park, Henry said. He tended bar at several taverns, including the now-demolished Howard Johnson hotel on the beach. For a while he also worked for the city monitoring parking meters, Henry said.
"What a great guy he was, always so friendly to everybody," said Henry. "He tried to teach me to play tennis once. Funny, just a good guy."
But Harte also struggled, Henry said. He divorced and had money woes, she said.
In 1990 he was arrested for possession of cocaine. Arrests for marijuana possession and DUI followed.
A kayaker spotted Harte's body floating face down in the river at 7 a.m. on Jan. 5. He appeared to have lacerations and head trauma, police said.
Harrison admitted that "he stomped and hit the victim several times before he was thrown in the water," according to a police affidavit.
"When I heard what happened I cracked up crying. I just lost it," said Mattes, 61. "He was so popular. I never imagined this could happen to someone like him."
Harte is survived by a sister and a brother. Services were scheduled to take place in Scranton.
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