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Paper Ignores Racial Attack On Its Reporters

From the editorial pages of the Virginia-Pilot:

A beating at Church and Brambleton

By Michelle Washington
May 1, 2012

Wave after wave of young men surged forward to take turns punching and kicking their victim.

The victim’s friend, a young woman, tried to pull him back into his car. Attackers came after her, pulling her hair, punching her head and causing a bloody scratch to the surface of her eye. She called 911. A recording told her all lines were busy. She called again. Busy. On her third try, she got through and, hysterical, could scream only their location.

Church and Brambleton. Church and Brambleton. Church and Brambleton.

It happened four blocks from where they work, here at The Virginian-Pilot.

Two weeks have passed since reporters Dave Forster and Marjon Rostami – friends to me and many others at the newspaper – were attacked on a Saturday night as they drove home from a show at the Attucks Theatre [sic]. They had stopped at a red light, in a crowd of at least 100 young people walking on the sidewalk. Rostami locked her car door. Someone threw a rock at her window. Forster got out to confront the rock-thrower, and that’s when the beating began.

Neither suffered grave injuries, but both were out of work for a week. Forster’s torso ached from blows to his ribs, and he retained a thumb-sized bump on his head. Rostami fears to be alone in her home. Forster wishes he’d stayed in the car…

Forster and Rostami’s story has not, until today, appeared in this paper. The responding officer coded the incident as a simple assault, despite their assertions that at least 30 people had participated in the attack. A reporter making routine checks of police reports would see "simple assault" and, if the names were unfamiliar, would be unlikely to write about it. In this case, editors hesitated to assign a story about their own employees. Would it seem like the paper treated its employees differently from other crime victims?

More questions loomed.

Forster and Rostami wondered if the officer who answered their call treated all crime victims the same way. When Rostami, who admits she was hysterical, tried to describe what had happened, she says the officer told her to shut up and get in the car. Both said the officer did not record any names of witnesses who stopped to help. Rostami said the officer told them the attackers were "probably juveniles anyway. What are we going to do? Find their parents and tell them?"

The officer pointed to public housing in the area and said large groups of teenagers look for trouble on the weekends. "It’s what they do," he told Forster.

Could that be true? Could violent mobs of teens be so commonplace in Norfolk that police and victims have no recourse?

Police spokesman Chris Amos said officers often respond to reports of crowds fighting; sirens are usually enough to disperse the group. On that night, he said, a report of gunfire in a nearby neighborhood prompted the officer to decide getting Forster and Rostami off the street quickly made more sense than remaining at the intersection. The officer gave them his card and told them to call later to file a report.

The next day, Forster searched Twitter for mention of the attack. One post chilled him.

"I feel for the white man who got beat up at the light," wrote one person. "I don’t," wrote another, indicating laughter. "(do it for trayvon martin)"

Forster and Rostami, both white, suffered a beating at the hands of a crowd of black teenagers

Here’s why their story is in the paper today. We cannot allow such callousness to continue unremarked, from the irrational, senseless teenagers who attacked two people just trying to go home, from the police officer whose conduct may have been typical but certainly seems cold, from the tweeting nitwits who think beating a man in Norfolk will change the death of Trayvon Martin.

How can we change it if we don’t know about it? How can we make it better if we look away? Are we really no better than this?

But ‘political correctness’ demands that we have to look away. We aren’t supposed to notice that our country is becoming a savage third world pesthole.

And our one party news media sure aren’t going to point that out.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Paper Ignores Racial Attack On Its Reporters”

  1. TerryAnne

    This article is a little silly. I’m from that area originally and it is KNOWN by ALL that, if you are white, stay far away from Church Street.

    The V-P used to be pretty neutral, but I’ve been seeing them track more left over the years when I go home to visit. Which is a little surprising, since that area is more red than blue.

    • AcornsRNutz

      When a white guy can’t go into a certain neighborhood for racial reasons it becomes “known by all” and you can even get away with joking about it in mixed company without raising an eyebrow. Hell, if you make a comment to the effect that Watts or Compton or similar areas in any city are best avoided by whites, you might likely elicit a knowing chuckle from any nearby blacks.

      Flip that around, and the ACLU, J. Jackson and the Rainbow Fun Bunch et al will be on every stump, soapbox channel and paper until somebody hads their life nad reputation ruined. I’m sick of it. I’m not trying to sound racist by saying this, I am stating observations I have personally made in my life. If people continute to avoid making these observations for fear of the racist label being applied to them, then as they used to jokingly say, “the terrorists win”

  2. GetBackJack

    One of the blessings of living in a small, out of the way Western town is that (a) this shi*t would never happen here, and (b) if it did, the attackers wouldn’t live to see the city limits.

    That’s not bragging

    That’s fact

    Pssst – I spent December in one of the West’s greatest little cities in the world. One day I asked my driver why, when we made our way through town, I wasn’t seeing any “bad parts” of town.

    “There aren’t any”

    “Oh, c’mon.”

    (my driver is a Hindu from India and damned proud to be an American having spent years legally getting here)

    “No sir. We do not have bad parts, The police, they cleaned it up.”

    “People talk about that sort of thing all the time.”

    “No, sir. Look around. Do you see any of “them”? Do you see any do-rags? Do you see any chain steering wheels?” No you do not.”

    Hmmmm. I had to ponder that. Next day, after paying attention and noting how many non-white lower economic people I had met, who had served me with smiles and good manners, etc, I asked my driver …

    “So, how did the police clean up the bad parts of town?”

    “They killed them.

    “Uh …”

    “Yes, Mr, xxx That’s what they did. The Mayor and Chief and the movers and shakers got together after the big LA gangs started moving in with their drug traffic and crime and laid out a plan and then got the local judges to sign off on it. Then went out, found these gang members, and one after another killed them. No Prosecutor brought charges, no Judge too notice. And now the city is clean.”

    I would have thought that a fanciful tale except I heard it 2x more from others when I would say “I heard this crazy reason for why you have no bad parts of town …” and the response was the same each time.

    And that, Fellow S&L’rs is how you know that organized crime is protected by politicians in power. Otherwise, the clear and present danger gangs represent would be dead and gone, everywhere

  3. Liberals Demise

    I grew up in Norfolk as a Navy brat back in the 50′s and 60′s. Everybody knew that Church Street was no place for white people after dark. Same goes today unfortunately. Lucky they weren’t killed.
    News people getting the snot beat out of them …….
    Now that’s news!

  4. beautyofreason

    I am so tired of the endemic racism from the “black community” in this country. Even more shameful is the media’s reticence to expose it.

  5. TerryAnne

    I asked my mom yesterday if she’d heard about this…nope. She asked my dad, who said yes, but only because he read this OPINION piece on Sunday (apparently the V-P editor didn’t want to cause too many problems by allowing this to be published as an actual story). This was about 5:45 pm. They turned on the 6 pm news and guess what the lead story finally was?

    BTW – this happened two weeks ago! And it is also not be “investigated” (quotes since the Norfolk police will likely do little investigating) as a hate crime. Surprise, surprise.

    • Petronius

      How shameful. Such stories are never mentioned by the national media but generally they will be reported in the local press. For example––all murdered WWW:

      Channon Christian, Eve Carson, Heather Muller, Lauren Burke, Jennifer Ross, Emily Haddock, Anne Pressley, Julie Love, Nancy Strait, Pam Gentry, Kristen Warneke, Sandra Rogers, Beverly Melton, Lena Triano, Bonita King, Carissa Horton, Tracey McBride, Ann Harrison, Ashley Neeves, Pam Kinamore, Gina Green, Charlotte Pace, Chelsea Porter, Eugenia Calle, Brittny Watts, Ashley King.

  6. Petronius

    “as they drove home from a show at the Attucks Theatre.”

    No doubt the Attucks Theatre was named after Crispus Attucks, the half-black street thug and mob leader who, according to John Adams, started the Boston Massacre by his “mad behavior.”

    How appropriate.

    • TerryAnne

      Ding, ding, ding! How right you are, Pet! http://www.attuckstheatre.org/

      It was a pretty happening joint in its heyday. Norfolk has been on a tear trying to revamp it in recent years…but its location is a big drawback for locals. I’ve been to one performance there (during the day); it has a lot of potential and that great jazz/roaring 20s feel to it, in addition to nice acoustics.




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