On Monday, I reported the story of a Chicago man who confessed to a hate crime in which he, with the assistance of an underage accomplice, beat up a white man because he was “upset by the Trayvon Martin case.”
I thought back to the days of the Tucson shootings, when conservatives were accused of creating the “Climate of Hate” that drove a decidedly non-conservative nutcase to murder, and wondered if the media would take responsibility for the “Climate of Hate” it had created with its sensational misreporting of the Martin case.
Here’s another assault allegedly inspired by the Martin tragedy, and this one is even more serious, as reported by WKRG News in Alabama:
Mobile police need your help to catch a mob that beat Matthew Owens so badly that he’s in critical condition.
According to police, Owens fussed at some kids playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive about 8:30 Saturday night. They say the kids left and a group of adults returned, armed with everything but the kitchen sink.
Police tell News 5 the suspects used chairs, pipes and paint cans to beat Owens.
Owens’ sister, Ashley Parker, saw the attack. “It was the scariest thing I have ever witnessed.” Parker says 20 people, all African American, attacked her brother on the front porch of his home, using “brass buckles, paint cans and anything they could get their hands on.”
Police will only say “multiple people” are involved.
What Parker says happened next could make the fallout from the brutal beating even worse. As the attackers walked away, leaving Owen bleeding on the ground, Parker says one of them said “Now that’s justice for Trayvon.” Trayvon Martin is the unarmed teenager police say was shot and killed February 26 by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in Samford, Florida.
Let it be noted that the Trayvon Martin link depends, as far as I can determine, upon the testimony of a single witness, who is the victim’s sister. Still, this would normally be enough to get the media pumping out stories about the “climate” created by the incendiary rhetoric of certain other groups. Imagine the firestorm that would erupt if these were “Tea Party-related” beatings. Instead, you can scarcely find them mentioned on the national news at all.