The Akron Beacon Journal reports on what clearly seems to be a vicious hate crime. An Ohio family was attacked by a group of young black men, sending husband and father Marty Marshall to hospital intensive care for five nights. According to the article:
“Out of nowhere, the six were attacked by dozens of teenage boys, who shouted “This is our world” and ”This is a black world” as they confronted Marshall and his family.
“The Marshalls, who are white, say the crowd of teens who attacked them and two friends June 27 on Girard Street numbered close to 50. The teens were all black.”
This story has received little coverage, although the Drudge Report did link to the headline today. One news piece I saw didn’t even mention the racial aspects of the case. Couple quick questions:
- If the victims’ version of events is accurate, and a number of young black men are put on trial in this case, how soon can we expect to see groups spring to “Free the Firestone 50!”? Think Jena 6. [UPDATE, FYI: The attack occurred near Firestone Stadium.]
- If the suspects are convicted, will Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton formally apologize to the white victims and the community at large? Apparently they are the appropriate emissaries to receive apologies on behalf of black victims, so will they now see fit to apologize to white victims on behalf of black perpetrators? BTW, if you’ve never seen the South Park Jesse Jackson episode, check it out.
I wish the best to Marty Marshall and his family in recovering, physically and emotionally, from this brutal attack, and to the Akron Police Department in investigating this crime. I don’t support hate crime laws, because they criminalize thought and can be applied subjectively, but as long as they are on the books they must be applied equally.
If the evidence indicates that this was a racially motivated assault, and there are hate crimes laws in this particular jurisdiction, it should be treated as a hate crime by law enforcement and the courts, and covered as a hate crime by the media.
It’s events like this that prove we still have a long way to go to reach racial harmony in this country, and that unfortunately, we we don’t always seem to be headed in the right direction.