posted on May, 15 2013 @ 02:47 PM
It seems like not everyone commenting here actually read the linked article. The suspects were not all let go with tickets. One was arrested for
assault, and two were ticketed for battery. According to the article the difference between assault and battery is the level of damage done to the
victim. The father was seriously injured, but apparently the wife and daughter were not. The police followed procedure by arresting one and ticketing
the others. The article says that the person who punched the wife was another woman, but does not specify if she was one of the ones ticketed and does
not specify the gender of anyone else besides the man arrested. The image of three black men
beating up a white family is misleading.
It does not say that the attack was unprovoked or motivated by race either. The police account of the incident says that the white guy was wearing a
pink shirt, someone made fun of him for it, and an argument broke out followed by a fight. I have to wonder if the guy was talking tough right before
he got beat up. It doesn't excuse the attack, but it does take some of the weight out of the "innocent victim" claim.
Everyone has a legal right to be in whatever neighborhood at whatever time they want, but the legal theory and the practical reality are two different
things. I often ride my bike through "bad" neighborhoods. People tell me all of the time that I am setting myself up for trouble by doing this, but I
have never had a serious problem while doing so. Riding a bicycle anywhere in the city means having insults and mockery thrown at you from all kinds
of people. If I stopped and trash-talked back at everyone who did it to me then I would probably have been in many fights by now. Instead I just make
sure that I'm always armed, I stay aware of who is around me and what they are doing, and maintain thick enough skin to ignore it and be on my way. If
you are going to wear a pink shirt you should have some thick skin as well because, right or wrong, you will face some level of ridicule from people
who can't understand why you would do such a thing, just like the people who can't grasp why a grown man would want to ride a bicycle.
If he did engage the guy who made fun of him in an argument over something as stupid as his shirt color being mocked while his family was sitting in
the car he's a moron. If you are with your child it borders on dangerous neglect to place some concept of defending the honor of your choice of shirt
above that duty of protecting your family by avoiding the confrontation and shrugging it off. My dad was a tough dude, and I have no doubt that he
could have handled himself quite well in a fight based on his background and the stories I heard of his youth from my uncles but I never once saw him
get in a stupid argument with someone while he had us kids with him. It would have been unthinkably out of character. The opportunity certainly
presented itself on several occasions but his priority was always to protect his family, not making sure that everyone knew he was a tough guy. He
also set a good example for me and my brother about what real manhood and honor are about. Be yourself, let 'em talk, ignore them. Don't be baited by
insults into fights. Save your knuckles for a fight about something important.
Again, I'm not saying the attackers were justified in any way. I just think the story seems a bit deeper than "three racist black guys beat up an
innocent white family for minding their own business in a black neighborhood".
edit on 5/15/2013 by Slugworth because: typo & wording