It has been deemed a "hate crime." This week in Chicago, 18-year-old Alton L. Hayes III and a 15-year-old friend attacked a 19-year-old white man and said "empty your pockets, white boy," while threatening him with a large tree branch.
The two young men robbed the victim, and then threw him to the ground. They beat the victim on his head and back "numerous times" before police arrived (responding to a call about the attack). The thugs ran away, but were later found hiding in someone's back yard and were arrested, thankfully.
Hayes and the other boy were charged with attempted robbery, aggravated battery and a hate crime. Detective Cmdr. Ladon Reynolds said, "They gave indication that part of the reason for the crime had something to do with the victim's race," as reported by the local news. After the arrest, Hayes told police that he was "upset" about the Trayvon Martin case and he beat the man because he was white.
Other Recent Crimes in the Name of Trayvon
While many crimes against black, white, gay, and others have taken place in the past few weeks, the focus here is solely on those crimes that have been committed in the name of Trayvon Martin, the boy who was killed by George Zimmerman, who has claimed the shooting was in self defence.
A Good Samaritan, who tackled a man after he took a woman's purse, was then attacked by a group shouting "Trayvon" in Gainesville, Florida. Also in Gainesville, a 27-year-old man was attacked by a crowd of five to eight black men shouting "Trayvon" as he was walking home one night. The man will most likely suffer permanent damage to his face as a result of the attack. The perpetrators in that case have not been caught. In East Toledo, a 78-year-old man, Dallas Watts, was walking home after purchasing treats for his dog, when he was attacked by a group of teens invoking Trayvon's name.
Unfortunately, the anger stirred up by the mainstream media and even our own president have undoubtedly fuelled the rage by wrongly labelling the Trayvon Martin tragedy a hate crime before the facts of the case could be examined.