We recently saw news reports of blacks attacking a white on the Portland MAX (train). According to the Oregonian, and the powers that be, this attack wasn’t racially motivated. Therefore, hate-crime charges will not be pursued. We are told:
Police have made arrests. Karley escaped with just bumps and bruises. TriMet has promised a written apology and to improve security. But there’s still something hanging out there. Buckland and I couldn’t decide which was uglier: The video or the reaction to it. “People have taken a grain of sand,” the landscaper and fishing guide said, “and tried to turn it into a 200-pound boulder.”
Karley is white. Her attackers are black. For many people hiding under the hood of anonymity on talk radio and in online forums, that’s all the evidence they needed to unload: Hate crime! Racist attack! Proof of “black hate” and “black racism”!
Stop. The reality, investigators say, is that the flogging started after Karley and her attackers had a “verbal dispute” on the train. Karley made it clear that she didn’t appreciate the girls’ loud, distasteful remarks about a boy riding with her. They, in turn, didn’t like that she had the mettle to stand up for her friend. So, the thugs advanced.
Yes, Karley told me, one of the strangers referred to her as “white girl.” But it was an encounter of a hundred insults. The girls were drunk on their own spit. These are the things bullies say.
Reading this story, a sense of deja vu came over me. Haven’t I seen this before? Oh yes! Back in 2008 there was also a black on white attack – and we were told the same thing, that race was not a factor. That the white victim was just as much at fault as the “vibrant” perpetrators. In another black-on-white attack the same year, the Oregonian did admit possible racial motives – and even included the fact that racial epithets were used – but readers had to get about half-way through the article to learn that it was “African Americans” who were attacking the elderly white woman.
The black-on-white public transit crimes we read about in the news are only the tip of the iceberg. I have personally heard white victims recounting their ordeals, at the hands of blacks, in attacks that never made it to the news. Are there any white-on-black attacks on the MAX? I seriously doubt it. Whites do sometimes misbehave on the Max, but it appears that most violent incidents are by blacks.
But getting back to the first incident, an Oregonian article, printed January 13th, 2012 (but apparently missing from their webpage) helps put the racial aspect of the crime in context:
Officers arrested three young women suspected of beating and spitting on a 14-year-old Centennial Middle School student Dec. 26 on a Green Line MAX train. A bystander’s video of the attack went viral.
Rakeshia Shamone Burns, 18, her 16-year-old half-sister and the 13-year-old half-sister of the 16-year-old face counts of assault, riot, disorderly conduct, harassment and interfering with public transportation, said Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Police Bureau spokesman.
One gets the impression that there are a lot of half-siblings in the black community of Portland. But aside from that, it is obvious that the authorities threw the book at those “troubled youths”. Notably missing, of course, are “hate-crime” charges. The article continues:
In a separate incident, a mother and daughter were arrested following a fight about 3:05 p.m. Thursday about a TriMet bus near Southeast 122nd Avenue and Division Street.
Officers were told that the pair tried to use invalid transfers, then verbally abused the driver and punched two passengers who tried to intervene.
Tina Renee Duckett, 36, and Markishia Welikea Duckett, 19, were jailed on counts of assault and interfering with public services, Simpson said.
Lest there be any doubt as to the ethnicity of this mother-daughter team, here’s what they look like:
All told, the article (on page B2 in the corner) describes three separate incidents. They could not hide the race of the first two. But here is the description of the third:
On Wednesday, a 15-year-old Benson High School student was beaten about 8 p.m. as he walked to a MAX platform on North Interstate Avenue. He was catching a Yellow Line train home after a wrestling tournament when a car driver yelled at him, then punched and kicked him Simpson said.
The suspect, who remained at large, was described as in his 30s, about 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, with a silver Toyota Avalon.
Is it just me or is there something obvious missing from the above description of the suspect? Should we take a wild guess here and assume that that assailant was black? Well, it turns out we would be right. Here are some comments from the comment section of another Oregonian article: