Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I'm Sure Race Had Nothing To Do With This Incident

Nor could it explain why the Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot sat on the story for two weeks:

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. 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.
There seems to be a lot of race hatred motivated crime in this country (black against white)--and only because the victims in this case worked for the Virginian-Pilot did this incident get covered.

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