Lopsided Outrage Over Racially Motivated Crimes

by Diane Dimond on September 16, 2013

Ginger Slepski, Attacked by Black Teens – Why?

~  Let’s Talk Less About Race and More About Life

It keeps happening.  Nearly every week there are more brutal crimes that bear all the earmarks of being racially motivated but because the victims are white you will probably never hear about them.

We’ve all seen the rallies around black victims of white perpetrated violent crime – and I’m fine with that. It is the right of every American citizen to peacefully protest.  But when did it become acceptable to ignore the same types of crime when the roles are reversed and the victim is white?

Why is it that we hear so little hue-and-cry on behalf of Caucasians who are victimized by blacks?

I know this is a provocative topic but it is high time America talks about it and embrace the idea that no matter what the color of skin involved preying on others is not allowed – ever – period. 

Babbitt, Guilty of ‘Walking While White’ in NYC

On September 4, in a densely populated park in New York City a black man named Martin Redrick went on a rampage. Eye witnesses say that in broad daylight he suddenly began to shout, “The next white person who walks by I’m going to (expletive) up!”  The next unlucky white person happened to be a retired train conductor, Jeffrey Babbitt, 62, who was simply taking a stroll near his favorite comic book store.

“His fist went in and the man’s head bobbed and he hit the ground and you could hear his skull hitting the ground,” one witnesses said of the attack. Redrick, 40, then turned on the two other white people who stepped forward to help.  Babbitt, who was the sole caretaker for his 94 year-old Alzheimer-afflicted mother, was declared brain dead. Five days later he died.

There were no public demonstrations for the, “quiet and gentle” Babbitt.  No one shouted, “No justice, no peace!” and called for immediate police action on his behalf.

Some of Slepki’s Injuries

Ten days earlier, in Pittsburgh Ginger Slepski, who is white, was set upon by four black teen-aged girls. The girls had thrown a bottle at Slepski’s car and when she stopped to ask, “What is your problem?” she said the girls repeatedly urged each other to “Get that white (expletive)” and “Shut up, white (expletive)” What followed was a savage beating.

Slepski, 32, told a reporter, “I thought it was so animalistic, so violent. I thought they were going to kill me.”

The mother of two suffered bruises to her head, scrapes on her arms, legs and feet and torn ligaments in her shoulder which left her unable to return to her work as an electrician. The teens were charged with racial intimidation.

Again, no marches or protests on Sepski’s behalf; no “community activists” appeared in Pennsylvania to chant, “What do we want? Peace! When do we want it? Now!”  No black leaders spoke out to urge tolerance, unity and good behavior by their flock.

Lane Came to America to Play Baseball

You’ve likely heard about the random shooting of a white Australian man who moved to Oklahoma to pursue his dream of playing American baseball.

As Christopher Lane, 23, jogged in a quiet Oklahoma neighborhood he was shot in the back and left to die there.

One of the two black teens charged with first degree murder in the case had posted pictures of himself on-line posing with guns and piles of cash. In April, the 15-year-old tweeted, “90% of white ppl (people) are nasty. #HATETHEM.”

No racial bias charges have been filed, however, as the white teenage driver of the get-away car maintains they killed out of summertime boredom not racism.

Lane’s loved ones in Australia were aghast and offered the only public outcry about the murder. America was mostly silent.

When was it exactly that we lost permission to openly and honestly talk about those who commit such heinous and senseless crimes? We hesitate, of course, because we fear being branded as racist if we turn the hate crimes mirror the other way.

I think it’s high time we did.

War Vet Belton, Beaten to Death in Parking Lot

In Spokane, Washington, Police Chief Frank Staub has already declared, “Race was not a factor,” in the murder of 88-year-old World War II veteran, Delbert “Shorty” Belton.

This hero from the Battle in Okinawa, who came home with a Purple Heart, was beaten to death as he sat outside the Eagles Lodge waiting for a friend. In court, the two black teen-aged suspects tried to claim they beat the elderly Belton over a crack cocaine deal gone bad.

Except for a quick quote from a Belton relative about how preposterous the drug deal claim was, there was little more.  The nation displayed no prolonged outrage for the senseless death of an old white man – a war hero – at the hands of two black thugs.

The Police Chief apparently decided what experience tells me a jury should decide.  This might very well have been a racially motivated killing but the suspects won’t be tried for that.

Very different from the case of George Zimmerman charged with killing black teen Trayvon Martin.

In that case – where both CNN and the New York Times described Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic” (whatever that is) — Black activists Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson revved up public outcry until the stiffest possible murder charges were filed.

How Can a “white Hispanic” Have a Black Ancestor?

The truth is Zimmerman, acquitted of the murder charge, is actually of Peruvian heritage and one of his grandfathers was Black. See the slippery slope we tread when we try to label each other by race?

I’m telling you – the lesson we should be preaching isn’t just racial tolerance. It is that life is precious — to be cherished — and no human has the right to lay hands on another.  We should all unify around the idea of peaceful co-existence and a no-excuse defense for predators. Period.

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Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 10:44 am

ABQ Journal Reader Don Baucom writes:

“Quick word of thanks regarding your column of 14 September. You said something was crying out for someone to say something. Perhaps the biggest impediments to harmonious race relations are race hucksters like Jackson and Sharpton. How in the world could any respectable news agency give Sharpton a job as a news anchor after his part in the Tawana Brawley scandal?

Best regards,
Don Baucom

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 10:45 am

Reader Todd Concklin writes:

“Diane,

I just wanted to say BRAVO!

It’s about time someone in the press had the sand to say what so many normal, rational people are thinking.

Thank you.

Todd Concklin

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 10:47 am

Rockland County Times Reader Robert Smith writes:

“OMG you had the courage to write this!!! Way to go……….”

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 10:47 am

Rockland County Times Reader Barbara Simms Hudock writes:

“Praying on others: good. Preying on others: bad.”

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 10:48 am

Facebook Friend Ginnie Oleskewicz Schwartz writes:

“What a great article…….I agree 100 percent…(and I am the adoptive white mother of a black child)…..thank you for putting it out there!!!!!”

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 10:49 am

Reader Cheryl Damien Alicea writes:

“It is sad that in this world there is such much hate and how people can even sleep at night knowing the way they treat others, regardless of race…feeling frustrated that people don’t open their eyes and mind and stop the madness.”

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 10:50 am

Facebook Friend Luis Ferrer writes:

“I’ve been saying that since the Tawana Brawley, OJ Simson and Rodney King cases. The Politicians, The Media and White America is afraid of the animal like rioting if the juries judgment goes against the blacks so they let it go.
I’m sorry but I’m a Christian and Hispanic and may God forgive me but when things don’t go my way I don’t cry out that it’s a race issue. It seems to me with the black community it’s always black and white no matter what and the way to settle anything is with violence.
I was brought up to treat people the same way they treat you so if people are going to act like ignorant animals then you treat them as such.”

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 10:50 am

Rockland County Times Reader Dawn Marie Scheffel-Pezzullo writes:

“This is disgusting, it’s so much easier to love than hate. How Anyone could ever feel good purposely causing pain on someone is something I’ll never understand.”

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 10:51 am

Rockland County Times Reader Debra Gibney Ortutay writes:

“This is a paragraph from the beginning of the story “I know this is a provocative topic, but it is high time America talks about it and embraces the idea that no matter what the color of skin involved, praying on others is not allowed — ever — period.” I think that speaks for itself. I think that it is saying even though white people have been attacked under the guise of they are white, we have not marched or demanded racial accountability.
My opinion it is showing that it should not be done the opposite way around. Attacking anyone regardless of race should not be allowed ever. So I think it is showing the opposite side of the coin here and making a very important point!!!!”

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 10:53 am

Reader Jessica Spath Marchionno writes:

“If you discriminate, hate, beat up on someone solely based on color whether the are white, brown, black, green, or purple it is wrong & you should be prosecuted…..
I had a woman come after me once calling me a whit b*#€h & tell me I was going to be the next Nichole Simpson because I asked the man she was with a question. When I told her she was racist she told me she couldn’t be a racist that only white ppl could be racist!!
And I know many ppl of all colors even white that feel only whites can be racist! I don’t give a crap about color respect & love thy neighbor.”

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 10:54 am

Rockland County Times Reader Rocco Peroni writes:

” I couldn’t have said it better myself. Obama, Sharpton & Jackson have made their careers screaming about white on black racism, but there is not a peep from them when blacks beat and kill whites.”

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 10:55 am

Rockland County Times Reader Colleen Mills-Bonomolo writes:

“Barack Obama was ignorant enough to put his two cents in during the poor little Trayvon Martin trial. Where is he now, for the people who may not look like his “sons”?”

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 10:55 am

Rockland County Times Reader Wendy Mierbeth writes:

“Excellent article. You will never see T-Shirts with Jeffrey Babbitt on them like was the case with Trayvon Martin.”

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 10:56 am

Reader Pamela Cohen-Gibbs writes:

“Thank you for speaking up. It’s time someone had the guts to do so…”

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 10:56 am

Reader Michael Joseph writes:

“It’s about damn time somebody said it.”

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

Rockland County Times Reader Patricia Goulding writes:

“Diane Dimond, thank you for your column. It’s way past time that someone had the courage to speak up on this subject.”

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 11:12 am

Facebook Friend Sam Jackson writes:

“Thank you,Diane…it is time for people to come to reality about race crimes.”

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 11:45 am

Facebook Friend Marika Gerrard writes:

“Seriously, Diane? You don’t see the difference? Just a hint, was this crazy person not arrested because he claimed self defense? Has anyone come to his defense? Does he have a defense fund? Do you totally miss what was wrong about the Zimmerman case? //
As a news person I’m surprised you don’t know the old adage, dog bites man is not news, man bites dog is. The good news about the Zimmerman case is it is not the norm, but that is why it is news. We have advanced from our racist past, but we have not buried it completely. That is the story. That crazy people still exist, that criminals still exist is not a big story. That a supposedly non criminal, non crazy person can shoot and kill an unarmed teenager and not be routinely brought to trial, is a story. And it also hearkens back to our country’s not very pretty past.”

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 11:46 am

Ms. Gerrard —
This column was NOT about the Zimmerman case (I mentioned it in passing only to illustrate how relying on suppositions about race is dangerous) This column was about how every attack/murder should be important – despite the color of someone’s skin. We should talk more about respecting life and less about the victim’s/perp’s heritage. I was hoping THAT would be the reader’s take-away. ~ DD

Steve September 21, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Seems to me Gerard has a point. You mention four incidents of “black on white” violence which took place in late August/early September across the United States (New York, Washington, Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma). In each case, the perpetrators were quickly brought to justice. In the Martin case, nobody was brought to justice. That was what the public outcry was about – an absence of justice. In the cases you mention, there was no absence of justice, so no public outcry. If the point is to focus less on the “victim’s/perp’s heritage” and if labeling by race is a “slippery slope,” then why the fear-mongering about how “black on white” violence “keeps happening”? Maybe the public doesn’t see in four separate incidents from across the country the same trend that you do. And maybe they do respect life regardless of skin color, which is why they’re so miffed when no justice is forthcoming when it’s taken away.

Diane Dimond September 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Well, I disagree with you on a couple points. In the Trayvon Martin case somebody WAS arrested, charged and tried for his death. That you (apparently) didn’t like the verdict doesn’t mean the justice system was sidestepped. Justice was served but not the way you wanted it.
And, I’m afraid you missed my point – I offered no “fear-mongering about how ‘black on white’violence keeps happening.” I highlighted heinous crimes against Americans that prompted no national outpouring of outrage and I wondered why. Not one of those cases made the Today Show or ABC’s Evening Newscast. It seems that most often the heinous crimes that DO make the national news feature a black victim. I just don’t think that’s fair. A victim is a victim – black, white, Hispanic, Asian.
I believe that until we stop dividing ourselves by heritage, skin color, religion, etc – we’ll forever be a divided population. ~ DD

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 11:47 am

Facebook Friend Marian DeRossett writes:

“Thank you Diane and yes we need to all get along and stop this racial violence against each other.Can we not get along we are all God’s children.”

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Linked-In Reader Bill Deane writes:

“Equal time is not always necessary. Did Ed Murrow give Hitler equal time? Did he get the opinion of food conglomerates before he revealed that Mexican illegals, including children, had no health and safety protection while picking our food, in “Harvest of Shame?” The “other side” was obvious, the industrial farmers and caning factories didn’t want to spend the money. Just exposing a problem is sometimes enough. Leave it there and let the public decide.”

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Yeah, Bill, I think you are comparing apples and oranges here. The column is about the lopsided outrage (and news coverage) of crime. No one is saying the media should spend time asking the attacker [ your ‘Hitler’} – why they committed the crime.
The point of the column was: When the Sharptons and the Jesse Jacksons get to the scene, cameras in tow, the black victim of a white perpetrated event gets the attention any crime vic should understandably receive. But, because when the roles are reversed (as they were with Slepski, Babbitt or Belton) the white community is cowed by the possibility that they might be labeled “racist” if they were to hit the streets and protest the crime. There is almost no extra-ordinary or prolonged news coverage of these types of murders/assaults. Certainly not on the national stage.
The bottom line? Dividing ourselves along racial lines is absurd. A crime perpetrated against one is a crime perpetrated against all. THAT’S what we should concentrate on – the sanctity of life – not the color of the participant’s skin. ~ DD

Joe Diggs September 16, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Diane,

In the past when I have read such articles I had always chalked them up to a false equivalency. Your column, however, has given me a new perspective. Racial hatred for hate’s sake is pointless and should be condemened in all its forms be it benign like jokes or in worst case scenarios like violence. In too many communities we accept hatred all around us. We are too comfortable with it. We let it pass when some tells a racist joke, or makes a racist comment. This contributes to a desensitization in the society and emboldens those that would go further with their biases than jokes or comments and resort to violence. The media silence that you and many of your readers are complaining about is a reflection of the general indifference with which we deal with racism in this country and as such perpetrate it everyday when you do not address racism in its more mundane incarnations. I wonder if the same people praising you for having the “sand” to speak out from this viewpoint carry the same intensity toward wiping racism in and around them everyday. Minorities in America are more sensitive to perceived racism and any violence attributed to it due to their tenous position in the society. Is it that the media knows that at the end of the day most Americans accept levels of racism everyday and cannot be bothered as long as it isn’t happening to them? I think the answer lies there.

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Joe,
Your comments are especially important to me because you say my words made you think. In this era of information-overload I take that as high praise, indeed.
I appreciate you taking the time to write – really. ~ DD

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Facebook Friend Bill Voinovich writes:

“Not lopsided outrage….It’s racism……
NOBODY raised hell when those turds killed that Australian baseball player like they did when Zimmerman shot Martin…….WHY is THAT??????”

Diane Dimond September 16, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Facebook Friend Lynne Adrine writes:

“Again — false equivalencies. With effort, I’m sure someone could match you example by example for crimes committed by whites against blacks where racial epithets were uttered. But could you match arrests and convictions in cases where whites are suspected in crimes against other races? I doubt it. You write that your point is all life is precious, but that is not the practice in the criminal justice system in America. And if the sanctity of life truly is your focus, why not focus on the disproportionate number of unsolved crimes against people of color (no matter by whom), rather than the much smaller proportion of black-on-white crime, whether racially motivated or not?”

Apollyon September 18, 2013 at 11:21 am

With effort, I’m sure someone could match you example by example for crimes committed by whites against blacks where racial epithets were uttered.”

Not a chance.

Blacks are 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against whites then vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit a robbery.

Forty-five percent of black crime is against whites, 43 against other blacks, and 10 percent against Hispanic.

Source: http://www.examiner.com/article/federal-statistics-of-black-on-white-violence-with-links-and-mathematical-extrapolation-formulas

The lack of media coverage about black on white crime likely explains your erroneous claim that crimes against other races are about equal for black and white.

FBI statistics indicate otherwise.

Diane Dimond September 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Please point out in my column where I said this:

“The lack of media coverage about black on white crime likely explains your erroneous claim that crimes against other races are about equal for black and white.

Oh, that’s right. You can’t. Because I pointedly never said that. Ever. But thanks for the other part of your discussion. The bottom line for me is that, according to the FBI crime stats, most crimes against blacks are committed by blacks. This is something the Sharptons and the Jacksons never mention. Sad that facts play no part in their constant “victimization” speeches. ~ DD

Apollyon September 18, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Diane,

Just to clarify for your readers:

I was referring to the comment from your Facebook Friend Lynne Adrine who made the comment to which I refer.

I completely agree with your point about the silence from black leaders regarding black on black crime.

Diane Dimond September 18, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Glad we cleared up the issue! Thanks for writing, Apollyon. ~ DD

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