September 9, 2013
Another unprovoked black-on-white attack in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial has received little national media attention even though it is being investigated as a hate crime.
In New York City last Wednesday, LeShawn Marten, 31, reportedly beat retired train conductor Jeffrey Babbitt, 62, while shouting “I hate white people” and “the next white person who walks by I’m going to [expletive].”
Marten cracked Babbitt’s skull and left him “brain dead,” according to the Washington Times.
“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 witness said to CBS New York.
“The prognosis is not good and it does appear that the victim will likely die,” Assistant District Attorney John Temple told The New York Daily News.
New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said that because of the language used by Marten, his department is investigating the completely random attack as a hate crime.
So far, only a handful of news outlets besides the Washington Times have covered this story, which may very well be the most obvious example of racially-motivated violence this year.
CNN finally picked up the story today in a very short article which did not include additional details on the attack as reported by both CBS New York and the Washington Times.