Friday, October 07, 2005


A series of disturbing "black on white" bias attacks are ignored by local media and politicians right before the mayoral election - upset parents say its "open season on white, parochial-school children"

It is interesting to note how the media and politicians can be hypocritical when it comes to addressing and condemning bias crimes motivated by racism. The media loves a "good story" in which well-known civil rights "activists" are agitated enough to hold press conferences on the steps of City Hall and New York City is sent to a tizzy over race relations. New York's recent history can be marked by infamous racially tinged phenomena including Bernard Goetz (1984), Howard Beach (1986), Benshonhurst (1989), Crown Heights (1991) and Amadou Diallo (1999).

When a black 29 year old man, Glenn Moore, was set upon, in August, by a despicable group of white youths (even though the gang's leader was of mixed race) the story generated a lot of attention from the New York media. Prominent politicians including Mayor Bloomberg spoke about and condemned the attack. In fact, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes visited Moore in the hospital. It turns out that Moore and 2 fellow conspirators were looking to steal a car, a Chrysler 300, for which they were paid $6,000 in advance.

However, a recent spate of hate crimes against white students in Brooklyn and other parts of the city have been largely ignored by the New York media and have not merited any attention by politicians. Even the mayoral candidates Fernando Ferrer and Mike Bloomberg have not condemned these sickening and sad attacks.

The reason why politicians talk about "racial harmony" and "understanding on both sides" but ignore white victims of hate crimes is because only certain hate crimes are considered politically viable. Newspapers like the New York Times are not going to worry if the world is coming to an end if white Catholic school girls are constantly under attack. The fact of the matter is that one crime does not reflect a city but liberal media over the last 25 years has done an amazing job of inflaming racial tensions by highlighting and distorting isolated cases while ignoring the great gains made in racial relations since the 1960s.

[NYP, Fri Sep 23]: "A group of black teens hurled racial insults and punches at two white high school students yesterday in Flatbush... The two victims, both 16 year old students at Bishop Kearney HS in Mill Basin were attacked by 10 to 12 girls who boarded the B9 bus at Avenue L and Flatbush Avenue at 3pm."

[NYP, Sat. Sep 24]: "A Staten Island girl may lose her sight in one eye after being viciously assaulted by five students in an apparent racial attack, cops said yesterday. The girl, Christina Kenny, is white. Her assailants - four girls and a boy - are black.
She said she was held down as another girl beat her with a bottle until it broke over her eye. "They kept kicking me and punching me saying, 'You're a white bitch, you think you're so pretty,' " Kenny said. She said the girls ripped out her hair and stepped on her ribs. The attackers fled after an adult intervened, but not before the boy allegedly kicked Kenny in the head and neck. Doctors say Kenny may have suffered a detached left retina and may lose sight in that eye.

[NYP, Tue. Oct 4]: Four middle-school students were arrested yesterday in what police described as a racially motivated robbery and attack - the latest in a spate of bias crimes that have inflamed a section of Brooklyn. The youths - two 11-year-olds, a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old — are all black. They allegedly followed a 12-year-old white youth several blocks after the school they all attend was dismissed on Friday.

The four called the victim a "cracker" before beating him and stealing his cellphone on Veterans Avenue in Mill Basin, police said. The boy was not hurt badly. He was able to identify his attackers when he returned to school yesterday. They were arrested and charged with robbery and aggravated harassment as a hate crime.

[NYP, Wed. Oct 5]: Parents of Catholic-school girls attacked in Brooklyn hate crimes said yesterday they're forming a group to combat what one mother described as "open season" on their children.

Group members say they want to encourage other families to report such crimes and make sure the city responds appropriately.

"It's like open season on white, parochial-school children," said spokeswoman Joanne Eisen, whose teenage daughter was the victim of a what police called a racially motivated beating in Marine Park in March.

"[The kids] don't know why they're being singled out."

Eisen said her group, which now totals six, is reaching out to parents of other kids who have been attacked.

"We'll support them as they go through this, too," she said, referring to court proceedings growing out of the cases.

Eisen and the parents of her daughter's friends were outraged when police first failed to file hate-crime charges against the young suspects, who allegedly called out "black power!" and "white crackers!" when they attacked six Catholic schoolgirls on a basketball court. Hate-crime charges, which carry more severe penalties, later were added.


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