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Like ‘Jena 6’ But Different – Perps Are White

As if the gods are trying to prove a point, here we have practically the same situation as the infamous ‘Jena 6,’ except that the races of those involved are reversed.

From our moral betters at the New York Times:

Skylar McCormick, 20, with the Rev. Al Sharpton Thursday on Staten Island.

Two Men Are Arrested in Attack on Staten Island


October 19, 2007

Two men were arrested and charged last night with assault as a hate crime in connection with an attack on Staten Island on Tuesday night, the authorities said.

The men, identified by the police as Daniel Avissato, 24, and Mark Vincent Maleto, 21, were arrested on charges including assault as a hate crime, gang assault, aggravated harassment as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon — which the police said was a sneaker, because the victim was kicked.

Two other men were being questioned by the Police Department’s hate crimes unit in connection with the attack, as the victim was released from the hospital after having surgery on his jaw. A fifth man was being sought by the police.

The victim, Skylar McCormick, who is black, said he was attacked in the Mariner’s Harbor section of Staten Island by five white men who yelled racial slurs at him, the police said.

The police said that Mr. McCormick was punched by Mr. Avissato and knocked to the ground; once on the ground, Mr. McCormick was kicked by the attackers, who the police say included Mr. Maleto.

Yesterday, with an ice pack tied to his jaw, Mr. McCormick, 20, appeared next to his parents and the Rev. Al Sharpton at a news conference in Staten Island University Medical Center.

“This is no casual crime,” said Mr. Sharpton, who was asked to appear by the victim’s parents, the Rev. Walter Taylor and his wife, Jessica Taylor. “This is certainly something that is threatening to him as a person, could have permanent damage to him and certainly is hate-based, with racial language used.”

Mr. Sharpton continued, “No one, including those with him, came to his aid as he was being viciously beaten after he was leaning on a car.”

Mr. Sharpton told reporters that Mr. McCormick had had to communicate with him earlier in the day using a pen and paper because his jaw had been broken in two places and bolts were holding it in place on one side.

The police said that on Tuesday at about 8 p.m., Mr. McCormick was with four friends, white men and women, when he and one of the others decided to have a foot race down the street. The race ended near a silver Cadillac parked in front of a driveway on Wright Avenue.

The police gave this account of what happened next: Mr. McCormick and his friend waited for the others to catch up, and Mr. McCormick sat on the fender of the Cadillac to catch his breath. He then leaned against the windshield on the driver’s side.

After the group was reunited, they all walked down the street.

About 15 minutes later, at the intersection of Simonson Avenue and Heusden Street, a silver Cadillac, which had come racing down the street, screeched to a halt in front of them. Inside the car were five white men.

Mr. Avissato, the driver, got out of the car and confronted Mr. McCormick while yelling racial epithets, the police and witnesses said. The other men also stepped out of the car, one of them holding a baseball bat. Mr. Avissato, identified as the owner of the car, then punched Mr. McCormick in the face, making him fall down, as others kicked him.

All five men got back in the car and sped away, the police said.

Let’s see. A gang of thugs attacked a single victim. One struck him, and then the rest kicked him while he was lying helpless on the ground.

But suddenly now “a sneaker” is considered a weapon? And the beating is a hate crime?

My, how quickly the rules change.

Can we now expect the “white community” to come out in support of the ‘Staten Island 5’? Will we see massive demonstrations with signs like “Praise Daniel Avissato”?

Will a couple of these attackers be jetted to the White Entertainment Television music awards, where they will get a standing ovation for their great blow for racial harmony?

Somehow I doubt it.

Instead our media and the professional race-baiters like Mr. Sharpton will pretend not to see the parallels.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, October 20th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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