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Pitts: System Will Slap Baby, Too

The first kick I took was when I hit the ground.” Bruce Springsteen, “Born in the U.S.A.”

So now, Jonah has received a lesson in How Things Are. He is 19 months old. Sitting on his mother’s lap on a recent Delta Airlines flight on approach to Atlanta, he was doing what babies tend to do on airplanes, particularly airplanes that are changing altitude. He was crying his little head off. Shut that “(N-word) baby” up. Those were the alleged words of the alleged man in the next seat just before he allegedly slapped the baby with an open palm, leaving a scratch below his right eye. The alleged man, 60-year-old Joe Rickey Hundley, of Hayden, denies this sequence of events, and his attorney last week said Hundley would plead not guilty to a charge of simple assault. But at least one witness corroborates the story, as told by Jonah’s mother, 33-year-old Jessica Bennett. She and her husband are white. Their adopted son is African-American/Leonard Pitts, Miami Herald. More here. (Facebook photo: Jessica Bennett and son, Jonah)

Question: At least national columnist Pitts didn't mention that the Aryan Nations were also from Hayden Lake. That's a win, right?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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