In the meantime, black on white violent crime continues to occur at a frantic pace, with almost no special news coverage, no presidential comment, no rallies or riots.
A man charged with a hate crime in Oak Park this week told police he was so upset about the Trayvon Martin case that he beat up a man because he was white, authorities said. Alton L. Hayes III, 18, of Oak Park, and a 15-year-old Chicagoan — both black — walked up behind the 19-year-old victim and pinned his arms to his side early Tuesday, police said. Hayes then picked up a large tree branch, pointed it at the man and said, “Empty your pockets, white boy.” They rifled through his pockets, threw him to the ground and punched him in the head and back “numerous times,” police said. They ran off, but officers sent to the scene spotted them and arrested them. After he was arrested, Hayes told police he was upset by the racially charged Trayvon Martin case in Florida and beat the man because he was white, Cook County state’s attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said, citing court records. Hayes was charged with attempted robbery, aggravated battery and a hate crime, all felonies. He was ordered held on $80,000 bond and remained in Cook County Jail on Friday. The 15-year-old was referred to juvenile court. _SunTimesSuch crimes -- using Trayvon as an excuse to attack people who one would have attacked anyway -- is becoming more common. Whether the actual number of black-on-white violent crimes has actually risen since Trayvon's death, is doubtful. But Trayvon's death provides a useful excuse and talking point in an attempt to excuse oneself.
Mr. Obama is not likely to concern himself with inconvenient crimes which do not fit the narrative. But a few people are paying attention, nonetheless.
- In Kansas City, a 13-year-old white boy named Allen Coon was doused with gasoline and set on fire by two older blacks saying, “This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve, white boy.”
- Haley Pettersen, a 15-year-old white girl in a leg cast in O’Fallon, Ill., was out walking her dog when she was attacked by two black girls who said, “This is our territory white girl.” One girl grabbed Haley by the hair, and the other one started hitting her in the face. The perpetrators ran off only when some neighbors came out, but the attack left Haley with a swollen left eye.
- In Kansas City, an unnamed 50-year-old white man was left with a fractured hip and other injuries after being beaten by a group of blacks shouting racial epithets.
- Gary Allder, a white man in San Antonio, came home to find that his house had been burglarized, ransacked and tagged with racial slurs such as “Die Whitey.”
- Travis Eugene Winemiller, 16, a white Polk County, Fla., inmate, was beaten, choked and strangled until he was unconscious by three black inmates. They then hogtied Winemiller and said, “This is how you slave a real cracker,” and threatened to kill him.
- Jacob Appel, a 15-year-old autistic white boy, was attacked by three blacks at his bus stop in Palm Bay, Fla. The blacks taunted, used racial slurs and chased the victim into the street where he was nearly struck by a car. The only reason the offenders were caught is that one of the attackers posted the video on his Facebook page.
It is considered racist to discuss the fact of excessive black violence in the Americas, the Caribbean, in Europe, the UK, even in South Africa. But it is downright suicidal to pretend that such violence does not exist. Be careful out there.