Ohio family mauled in apparent race-related attack

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.



Filed under Crime, Race

11 responses to “Ohio family mauled in apparent race-related attack

  1. Nquest

    Correction: “That you’re insulted and you TAKE it personal…”

  2. Nquest

    No personal insults. Just observed facts. I didn’t call you out your name. I talked about the little disingenuous game. That you’re insulted and you talk it personal… Well, that’s your personal problem. But when you say I compared something that I did not, me observing and mentioning your mistake as well as your error when it came to your pathetic attempt at sarcasm, etc., etc…. again, that’s mere observed reality/fact.

    Take that as personal as you want. Still, it’s obvious that you original statements wanted to ignore inconvenient facts. I guess it was easier to be flip and cute that way.

    Nevertheless, it’s clear to you now exactly how you were so off base.

  3. Brian Johnson


    It appears you’ve attempted coherency in at least a few places, so I did read your responses in full.

    However, your confused thinking and disorganized, stunted prose would make it difficult to carry on a productive dialogue. In addition, your personal insults would seem to make it impossible to do so in any kind of productive fashion, at a minimum.

  4. Nquest

    So I’m not sure why you would compare them with anything someone else did, including any symbolic, non-violent (if repulsive) act such as displaying a noose.

    Hmmm…. I don’t see where I said something about the noose which, of course, makes it hard for me to be comparing violence with non-violence.

    I know for a fact I said stated the Jena 6 protest had to do with how people perceived the punishments the Black and White students received for their “respective crimes/violations” were appropriate. So exactly what you think was being “compared” other than perceived lenient sentencing, if any, when it came to punishing the White students/juveniles/youth-adults for things they did vs. perceived harsh sentencing for things the Black kids did, I don’t know.

    You obviously want to ignore the off-campus situations, including white-on-black violence, that the Jena 6 protest considered. You obviously want to ignore how, in one off-campus incident, Black students who reported having an gun drawn on them were charged with stealing the gun. You also want to ignore the overall feeling the Jena 6 protest considered in terms of Black criminals generally receiving harsher penalties than White criminal do for the same/comparative crimes.

  5. Nquest

    Brian, you continue to be dishonest in your approach or simply ignorant of the violence white students perpetrated on Black students in off-campus incidents in Jena all around the same time. It was the unequal treatment in those instances and the general unequal sentencing that goes on with Black offenders receiving harsher penalties than Whites who perpetrate the same kind of crimes that drew the reaction that came from the Jena 6 protest and the idea that “there were still people who defended the assailants” is irrelevant and, again, dishonest (indeed, irrelevant because it’s dishonest).

    What do you mean people defended them? Defended them from what?

    The actual facts conflict with your obviously compromised and sympathetic views towards both White victims and White perpetrators (i.e. the only basis you have for bringing up Jackson/Sharpton in the first place):

    And you asked “will Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton formally apologize to the white victims and the community at large? ” Again, why should or WOULD they apologize to the white victims or the community at large? Explain your racialized “sarcasm”, White compromised/sympathetic view.

    Apparently you believe Jackson/Sharpton should apologize to the White community/victims because of their involvement as “emissaries.” The obvious reason is because you feel they’ve done something wrong to the White community. That’s unmistakable.

    But your dishonesty stops your from considering how tortured your “turn around is fair play” logic is. In situations like the Sean Bell killing, Sharpton didn’t apologize to Bell’s family on the behalf of the police officers. Neither did he apologize to the Rutgers basketball players for Imus. And in the Don Imus type cases when Sharpton was a “emissary”, Imus was the non-violent offender trying to make amends with the Black community through Sharpton.

    Your mentally challenged sarcasm positions Sharpton/Jackson as the people who has to make amends with Whites as if Sharpton/Jackson did something wrong because there certainly isn’t any moral/functional equivalent to how Sharpton/Jackson have been involved in situations where violence have occurred…

    In the Sean Bell case, Sharpton wasn’t the “emissary” for the police officers to apologize to Bell’s family. So, trying to be cute, all you did was show your own misguided racial angst.

    You were running your mouth while Sharpton had already responded to the situation and, still, exactly why Sharpton would apologize to the White victims for something he did not do or to the [White] community at large for something somebody else Black did in a crime situation… you can’t explain other than out of some racial angst you have.

    If you were genuinely concerned with how Sharpton or Jackson would respond to Marshall’s situation, you could and should have been the first person to know.

  6. Brian Johnson

    In regards to your second comment, Nquest:

    The similarity between the two incidents is that in each case, a group of young Black men physically assaulted a white victim or victims, beating them to the point of hospitalization.

    Many people (I remember the dozens of Facebook groups at the time to this effect, for example) unfortunately defended the violent perpetrators known as the Jena 6. What I was getting at in this post is that I wouldn’t be surprised if there are some activists who attempt to defend the Firestone 50.

    With Jena 6, even after the charges were reduced, there were still people who defended the assailants (and by extension, their criminal actions). And the so-called “unequal treatment” …..well, as far as I know (and as far as has ever been reported, to my knowledge), only the Jena 6 actually conducted a gang beating of a defenseless victim, striking his motionless, bloody body as it lay on the floor. Nobody else did that. So I’m not sure why you would compare them with anything someone else did, including any symbolic, non-violent (if repulsive) act such as displaying a noose.

  7. Brian Johnson

    Nquest, to respond to your first comment.

    “Hmmm… Why should Jackson or Sharpton have to apologize to the victims, much less the community at-large? ”

    First of all, I never said they should have to. I merely asked if they would. In fact, I don’t believe they should. Just like I don’t believe they should set themselves up as the arbitrating conscience for an entire race of people, in accepting apologies. My point in questioning (sarcastically) whether they would apologize to the victims was merely to point out the problems inherent in the roles they often assume.

    As for casting “curious aspersions,” well, I don’t believe I’ve done anything of the kind.

  8. Nquest

    Regarding the Free The Firestone 50 crack… please explain the where the similarities are between the known issues/facts in this case and the Jena 6 situation where the rather explicit issue was the perceived/real unequal justice reactions/decisions with respect to how the Black and White students were treated for their respective crimes/violations?

    Simply put, this Firestone Park case has no such issue of perceived/real unequal treatment — i.e. the basis of the Jena 6 protest.

  9. Nquest

    Hmmm… Why should Jackson or Sharpton have to apologize to the victims, much less the community at-large?

    I mean, unless they went back in some kind of time machine and where one of the Black teens allegedly involved in this incident then they have nothing to apologize for. The question is, however, given the news accounts: are you going to apologize for casting these curious aspersions?


  10. Brian Johnson

    If that’s true, that’s good news. Could you provide those news reports you’re talking about?

  11. LookyLoo

    According to new reports, Al Sharpton is on the scene advocating for the victims already and wants the same thing as everyone else. He wants justice for the family that was attacked.

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