The race-baiting media are going to be put to a serious challenge in the coming days following a tragic hate crime committed in New York City's Union Square Wednesday.
As CBS's New York affiliate reported late Friday evening, a retired train conductor was left brain dead when an African-American man unknown to him attacked him after shouting "I hate white people" (video follows with commentary):
According to eyewitnesses, Jeffrey Babbitt was apparently minding his business as he walked through the crowd near the chess boards in Union Square when Lashawn Marten yelled "I hate white people."
“He said ‘the next white person who walks by I’m going to [expletive],’” one female eyewitness told CBS NY. “His fist went in and the man’s head bobbed and he hit the ground and you could hear his skull hitting the ground.”
Babbitt was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where he's currently in a coma and pronounced brain dead. He is not expected to survive the attack.
Police say Marten then attacked two other people who sustained minor injuries.
Due to his racist comments heard by numerous witnesses, Marten will likely also be charged with a hate crime.
This will of course put the race-baiting media - who are only interested in reporting hate crimes when allegedly committed by whites (or in the case of George Zimmerman, "white Hispanics") - in a tough spot.
Readers are reminded that many news outlets did cover last month's thrill-kill of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane, but did so knowing that the car driver was white and the local Oklahoma police claimed race wasn't a factor.
But with numerous witnesses now on the record recounting Marten's racist comments before the attack, it's going to be impossible for the media to ignore that element of the crime.
So maybe they'll just ignore the whole thing.
Google and LexisNexis searches found that besides New York news outlets, the only major national press this incident has garnered is an Associated Press piece published by the Wall Street Journal.
It doesn't appear the New York Times has covered this story yet.
With that in mind, it will be very interesting to see how media typically opposed to reporting black on white hate crimes will handle this tragedy.
This article was changed to reflect the attack occurred on Wednesday rather than the originally-reported Friday.
(HT The Blaze)