I wonder where the United Nations is on this one. Aren’t they concerned that our laws here in the U.S. may not be consistent with international norms that are supposed to protect certain races from “hate crimes?” Isn’t that why they’re wanting U.S. officials to hurry up with the hate crime investigation of George Zimmerman?
Maybe they’ll conclude that there was no evidence of this crime being racially motivated.
But even New York’s police chief Ray Kelly said that they’re investigating this as a hate crime, because of what the attacker said right before he started beating a few white people up, leaving one brain dead.
A local CBS affiliate in New York reported on the incident:
“A man allegedly went on a rampage in Union Square on Wednesday afternoon and left a complete stranger brain-dead in the process. Police said that the attack may have been a hate crime. Friends of Jeffrey Babbitt, 62, were shocked to hear about the random act of violence that left the gentle, retired train conductor in a coma, CBS 2′s Dave Carlin reported on Friday. ‘I don’t believe that. I don’t know why that happened. He is very nice,’ Igor Sapozhnikov said. Babbitt was minding his own business as he walked through the crowd near the chessboards in Union Square when a man made a hateful announcement and began his rampage, witnesses said. ‘He said ‘the next white person who walks by I’m going to f***,’’ one woman said. ‘His fist went in and the man’s head bobbed and he hit the ground and you could hear his skull hitting the ground.’ The man continued his rampage before demanding to see police officers. ‘He stood there and hit two more people and asked for the police to come,’ Michael Benson said. Stunned witnesses counted a total of three people attacked. The suspect, Lashawn Marten, 31, remained at the scene until police arrived. Babbitt was on the ground with blood flowing from his head. Nearby were two other victims icing their faces.”
I can’t wait for Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to weigh in. They’ll say that just because Marten said some ugly things before he went on a punching rampage, doesn’t mean that it was necessarily racially motivated. Perhaps the attacker was mentally unstable. People not in their right minds sometimes say things they don’t mean. Besides, it’s not even really possible for a person of color to attack a white person for racial reasons. It only works the other way.