Allen West: Jackson, Sharpton Exposed as 'Hustlers' by Silence on White Student's Beating

Craig Millward
By Craig Millward | August 14, 2013 | 4:40 PM EDT

Responding to a school bus surveillance video showing three 15-year-old African American teenagers beating up a 13-year-old white teenager, Former Rep Allen West (R-Fla.) asked on Fox News on Tuesday, "Where is [Jesse Jackson's and Al Sharpton's] voice on this?"

Speaking on "On the Record With Greta Van Susteren," West said, "You know, Jesse Jackson called the state of Florida an apartheid state. He has also been leading a sit-in in the state capitol there in Tallahassee. Where is his voice on this? Al Sharpton led all the marches. Where is his voice on this?"

He continued, "There's a greater issue in the black community that people are not dealing with. And I guarantee you - if you look at the background of those three young African-American teenagers, I guarantee you they come from some failed homes."

West later said, "They can't not continue to do the things that they think elevates them, and you know, really cause them to be seen as, you know, the hustlers that they are.

They need to start understanding that we have serious problems in the black community."

West later suggested, "We keep shaming them," and when asked how, he responded, "You got to call them out. If you don't call them out, if you don't say, We're watching you, we're paying attention to what you're doing, they're going to continue to skate free. And hopefully, we can bring them to the table on this issue. And the next time they try to cherry pick an issue, then we should see them as irrelevant."

Earlier this month, a school bus surveillance video surfaced showing three 15-year-old African American teenagers beating up a 13-year-old white teenager. The incident occurred on July 9, in Pinellas, Fla.

The three teens, Joshua Reddin, Julian McKnight, and Lloyd Khemradj have been charged with aggravated battery. Reddin was also charged with unarmed robbery after police say he took the victims money after the attack.

The attack reportedly came after the 13-year-old told school officials Reddin, McKnight, and Khemradj attempted to sell him drugs.

The bus driver, 64-year-old John Moody, was suspended but will not be charged for failing to intervene.