Racism is directed against many races, not just blacks or minorities. It is true that racist attacks against blacks by whites are frequent and brutal, often involving gangs or at least two or more assailants. This blog started out detailing the opposite situation, wherein black hate crime against whites was my sole focus (this isn`t because I believe this is the case, that black hate crime occurs more often than white hate crime, in fact, I think the opposite is true). However, by the end of the blog, I found myself defending not hate crime but the obvious hate crime exhibited by whites and the misguided urge to fight back by blacks.
Case Study One – Malika Brekkan
Malika Brekkan , an intelligent woman who graduated university with honours, harboured a deep hatred against whites that she managed to keep hidden from the public for years. Her journal, however, was privy to her inner rage and disgust toward whites. For whatever reason, Malika hated the white race. She wrote pages of her hatred for whites, whom she described as rapists, pedophiles and prostitutes. She insisted she was surrounded by white laws and wrote about how unfair her life was. She insisted “sisters` should rise up and kill white males. Police never found evidence that Malika had been harrassed or harmed in any way by whites, or anyone else for that matter. To complicate matters, Malika was a loner with an unhealthy mind and exhibited symptoms of paranoid personality disorder. Malika had nothing more to do at home but to stew over the unfairness of the white community where she lived. Malika owned a semi-automatic carbine, along with 2 hand grenades. She herself was a ticking time bomb, ready to explode at the slightest provocation.
Low on income, Malika settled into a run-down neighbourhood where she rented a room in someone`s home. Malika lived next door to a white couple, Jason Horsely and Deborah LeSalle, who owned loud dogs that barked continually. To be sure, barking dogs would annoy anyone, but threatening to shoot someone’s dogs, as Malika did, was not a sensible solution. Had Melika filed an order against her neighbours with the city, this would have reflected proof of a reasonable mind. That wasn’t the case with Malika. On May 18, 1999, Jason lined up a number of tools and paint on the sidewalk in front of Malika`s residence in order to load up his pick-up truck for work the next day. Furious, Malika exited her house and confronted her neighbour, yelling that he had no right to place the tools in front of her house. Deborah exited the house and yelled back at Maleka and a fight then developed between Malika and Deborah. Jason ushered his girlfriend back inside the house after she threatened to call police and for her part, Malika stormed back inside her house.
In truth, it wasn`t the tools in front of her house that angered Malika: she was determined that someone would die and that person would be white. Moments later, Malika exited her house again She retrieved a large calibre 9mm semi-automatic pistol with a laser sight. She walked up to Jason and shot him in the back at point blank range. Then she ran from her home with a knapsack strapped to her back, and went on the run for 6 years. Finally police caught up to Malika and arrested her without incident. She went on trial and pled not guilty on the grounds of self-defence. Since Jason was shot in the back, this plea didn’t hold up with the jury. Malika was convicted and sentenced to life without parole. A forensic study on Malika’s state of mind was conducted by police and the prosecutor before she went on trial and by forensic psychiatrists after she was imprisoned, revealing the paranoia that influenced her baffling hatred of whites.
Case Study Two – White Woman had to Die
A homeless ex-convict accused of killing a 56-year-old woman in a parking garage near a suburban mall told police that he was fighting a race war and killed her because she was white. The man, Phillip Grant, 43, appeared at a court hearing Tuesday in shackles and a bulletproof vest. In a 45-minute videotape played during the hearing, Grant told police, “All I knew was she had blond hair and blue eyes and she had to die.” Grant, who is black, claimed Connie Russo-Carriero “was not an innocent victim — because she was white.”
Russo-Carriero, a legal secretary and mother of two grown children, was stabbed to death on a Wednesday afternoon while walking to her car at a parking garage next to the Galleria Mall. She was buried Tuesday. Grant also told police he was not remorseful for the killing and would hurt white people again if he could. He added that if he’d had a gun, “There’d be a lot of dead white people on the streets of White Plains.” “You, Mr. Grant, represent the face of evil,” State Supreme Court Justice Lester Adler told the man, Phillip Grant. Grant was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. He showed no emotion as he was led from the courtroom.
In a case such as this one, there is a severe mental disorder at work. Grant was also a convicted sex offender, level 3, considered to be the most dangerous.Psychologists would argue that Russo-Carriero`s stabbing was in part a sexual crime, due to the intimacy of the act, that is, plunging the knife into the victim, removing it and plunging it into her body again. Many forensic psychiatrists consider a knife as a symbol for male genitalia. Grant`s crimes too have only been against white women, not men, even though he stated he would have killed `white people“. This is classified as a hate crime, but like the Malika Griffin case, underlying severe psychiatric conditions led Grant to commit his many violent rapes and Russo-Carriero`s murder.
Case Study Three – Fireworks at Firestone Park
This video is named discrimination against white people in America. Discrimination factors into this one, however given the level of violence this elevates it to a hate crime. Was it possible the victims could have also been black? Were these kids who were out to prove they were “bad” and happened upon any family to attack? 30-50 black youth attacked the Marshall family after they left Firestone Park during a fireworks celebration in Akron, Ohio on June 27 2009. Marty and Yvonne Marshall were the focus of the attack. Their daughter Rachel was unharmed. Marty stated “a couple of them, not the whole group, said it’s a black world.” Suspicion developed around a hate crime due to this comment and at the time, Obama’s victory as U.S. president. One of the Marshalls claimed s/he also heard “we rule now.” Due to the number of youth involved in the attack, the FBI became involved in the case to determine if it was indeed a hate crime. No suspects were arrested but the family insist they can identify the teens should they see them again. The family stated one of the attackers hid in their yard, then jumped out, followed by several others who beat the two parents for several minutes.
Their long-time friend, a black woman named Clay Andrews, claimed the attack has put everyone in the neighbourhood at risk, including other black people. She stated “I hope this isn’t a hate crime.” People want answers but even so, does that keep people in the neighbourhood safer? So far, however, a hate crime hasn’t been proven and of course, the attackers’ perspective hasn’t been voiced. Even if the youth were provoked by the Marshalls (which doesn’t appear to be the case), 50 teens kicking and punching two people is a grossly inappropriate response. Al Sharpton, civil black rights acitivist, supports the FBI investigation and believes the attack was indeed a hate crime against whites. investigation. ”These teens need to be punished as much as any dumb redneck in white sheets,” said Richard Jones, a Sharpton spokesman based in Cleveland. ”Nobody should be attacked like this, whether they are black or white. These young men who are responsible need to be brought to justice.” I find the expression “dumb redneck in white sheets” a racist, angry comment, ironic given the situation.
”We don’t know if it’s a known gang, or just a group of kids,” police Lt. Rick Edwards said, a significant part of the investigation. Gangs are generally far more dangerous than large groups of kids. They tend to carry weapons such as knives, guns, metal pipes. Had that been the case the Marshalls wouldn’t be alive today. Questioning whether or not the youths were a gang initially resulted in police suspicion being levied against the Marshalls and these police were white. Marshall’s account about the racist statements were not included in a police report at the time of questioning. A box on the form to denote whether the attack was a hate crime is marked ”no bias/not applicable.” ”I was offended,” Yvonne Marshall said. ”The detective who was questioning me made me feel like I’m a liar, or that we didn’t say it. I know I told them that night that the group was saying, ‘This is our world.’ The whole interview made me feel very uncomfortable.” Marshall suffered a concussion and multiple bruises to his head and eye.“They were trying to take my head off my spine, basically,” he says. “I knew I was going to get beat, but not as bad as I did,” Marshall said. ”But I did it to protect my family. I didn’t have a choice. There was no need for this. We should be all getting along. But to me, it seems to be racist.”
Let’s not forget the power of mob mentality however. People’s behaviour does change when they are united as a group. An individual who would never behave in a criminal, violent manner alone, is known to resort to violence when surrounded by it. Case in point: Dozens of Canadians participated in a post-game riot in Vancouver after the final game for the Stanley Cup between Canada and the States. Angry Canucks fans went on a rampage, smashing windows, looting and torching cars and dumpsters. Cars were turned over, torched, and angry Canucks fans angry fans ripped their jerseys off to fuel the flames. Others smashed windows and threw bottles and bricks at police in riot gear. The riot was a national disgrace but fortunately not typical of Canadian sports fans’ behaviour. It was the mob influence that built up to the riot. There were individuals participating in the riot who have no criminal record and are not known for violent behaviour outside of a mob situation. I’m not saying the youth attack against the Marshalls was strictly mob motivated, but there may be a group influence over many of the youth’s actions. This won’t be revealed until the youth are caught and interrogated. In defence of mobs and race crime, however, had I been a black woman when the white officers who beat Rodney King mercilessly while laughing, might have led me to become part of the LA riot too. That was the most biased criminal trial I personally have ever heard of in North America.
Case Study Four – Are Black Hate Crimes Ignored by the Media
The blog The Audacious Epigone published stats that seemed to suggest in America black hate crimes are largely overlooked by the media:
specifically rates of offence by race. A 2010 FBI table showed hate crime offence rates by race relative to the white (including Hispanic) rate, so that 100% indicates a rate exactly the same as that of whites, less than 100% a rate lower than that of whites, and greater than 100% a rate higher than the white rate:
How accurate the FBI stats are I can`t say of course. If any of the data is skewerd by the powers that be, I have no way of exposing it. One reader comment to the blog stated`By the looks of the NCVS data either whites are extremely prone to seeing racial motivations when there is none or hate crimes against whites are vastly under-prosecuted. Is there a valid reason for not prosecuting Black, Indian or Asian crime. When referring to petty crime, such as shoplifting, vandalism, graffiti, or trespassing, a lack of legal action also applies to whites. The courts are filled with criminal cases involving petty crime and more serious, violent crime. Clearly prosecuting major crime has chiefly been the priority of most criminal courts, as it should be. Petty crime has traditionally been dealt with during the arrest in Southwestern Ontario: when a minor theft happens, the person is processed at the time of the arrest, They are ticketed, sometimes given a fine, then made to go to view a video on why shoplifting (or whatever crime they have committed) is bad (seriously). Regardless of race, this is still prosecuting crime. Lately certain cities have developed undercover teams that prosecute petty crime, however the media doesn`t print individual cases involving petty crime: it doesn`t sell newspapers.
So far as reporting on major crime committed by blacks against whites, in Canada stats reveal that most of our hate crimes are motivated by religion, race and sexual orientation, with race being the most frequent and most violent hate crime: Both the number and rate of police-reported hate crimes declined in 2010. Canadian police services reported 1,401 hate crimes in 2010 or 4.1 hate crimes per 100,000 population. This rate was 18% lower than in 2009 and followed two consecutive annual increases. Blacks continued to be the most commonly targeted race or ethnic group in 2010. Police reported 271 hate crimes against Blacks, which represented about 4 in 10 incidents motivated by race or ethnicity. These stats apply only to those crimes that are reported to police. There are many more that aren`t.
So far as the media is concerned, I found a plethora of cases of black hate crime against whites on YouTube, some downloaded from newscasts and some made by private people. This is a valid form of media. I do not know to which stats the Epigone blogger refers about the media and under=reporting black hate crime. I`m not referring to the stats about the occurrence of black hate crime, I am referring to the under-reporting. On Youtube I found the case of Sylvia Hollingsworth, a white disabled woman was attacked by a black man, William Andrew Douglas, while she sat in her car. He slammed a car door several times against her leg. The unprovoked attack was caught on tape and it was believed that 4 minutes later, the man attacked someone else with a gun. In this video a very angry black man rants about white hate crime (warning: lots of expletives and disturbing viewpoints). Outside of America and Canada, Britain is one of the most white racist countries. Constant hate is directed at many blacks by whites, simply because they are black. A white friend of mine attended a baseball game in Toronto, Ontario where he met a British black man and the two began chatting. The black man told my friend he really liked living in Toronto and he really liked the two of them sitting and talking together. This would never be the situation in London, England. Black people simply don`t attempt to talk to white people unless they wish to be abused. This baffled my friend, and me, when he relayed the conversation. This is not true of everyone in Britain. Always when we speak of racism, we erroneously generalize about entire populations. However disturbing accounts such as the latter cannot be overlooked or disproven.
I came across the expression `the race war“between whites and blacks on a number of occasions. I thought the war between blacks and whites ended after the American Civil War. I was mistaken.