Why Isn’t the Attack of a 78 Year Old White Man by Black Youths a Hate Crime?


The shooting of Trayvon Martin has been a racial rallying cry across the nation.  Most blacks are accusing George Zimmerman of purposely shooting Trayvon because he was black.  To date, there is conflicting evidence so I’m not passing judgment on the case, just those who immediately jumped on the race issue before they knew all of the facts.

I’ve seen this happen too many times.  Whenever a white or Hispanic person commits a crime against a black person, it’s instantly labeled a hate crime and the black community goes on a warpath.

But what happens when a black person commits a crime against a white person?  You rarely ever hear any suggest it was a hate crime.  Such is the case of a 78 year old man in East Toledo, Ohio.

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According to multiple news reports, Dallas Watts, is a thin frail looking 78 year old white man.  He was walking home from a nearby Gas Express Mart last Saturday afternoon when he was confronted by six black juveniles ranging in age from 11 to 17.  Watts recalled one of the youth telling the others to “take him down”, to which he replied,

“Why you picking on me?  Remember Trayvon. Why you picking on me?”

Again Watts heard the one youth tell the others to take him down at which time they began to physically assault him.  The black teens hit and kicked Watts and stole the items he had purchased at the store.  During the attack, Watts heard one of the black kids tell the others to get the white man and then told him that this was for Trayvon and then say to kill the white man.

Watts said he mentioned Trayvon Martin in a defensive way thinking that might save him from the attack.  However, police are wondering if the youth took Watt’s statement about Trayvon as threatening, resulting in the increased attack upon Watts.

In the various reports I read, none of them mentioned anything about the possibility of this being a hate crime involving race.  In fact, one of the articles stated that the police were NOT considering the attack on Dallas Watts to be a hate crime.

But if the colors were switched and it was a group of six white kids that beat up and robbed a 78 year old black man, and there were the comments about Trayvon or statements like kill the black, then it would have been labeled a hate crime immediately and both Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would have flown to Toledo in less than a day.

In America, racial hate crimes are extremely one sided.  If a white commits a crime against a black, it’s a hate crime.  If a black commits a crime against a white, it’s just an ordinary crime and bad luck for the white person.  It makes you kind of wonder who is really being discriminated against in America today.

As for Dallas Watts, he said that he intends to purchase a gun and apply for a conceal carry permit to carry it with him when he leaves his house.  He also said that the incident has completely changed his outlook on humanity.

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